Thomas Dimitroff says deal with Julio Jones is ‘around the corner’

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Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff joined the CW broadcast team of Justin Kutcher and Coy Wire during Atlanta’s second preseason game against Miami, and he was asked about the status of the ongoing negotiations between the team and receiver Julio Jones.

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Jones, who led the NFL in receiving yards in 2018, is seeking a contract extension, and the Falcons would like to reach a deal that will keep him in Atlanta for many years to come. Both sides have maintained that the conversations are in a good spot, and Dimitroff hinted that things might be settled sooner rather than later.

“He’s in a great spot, we’re in a great spot,” Dimitroff said of the negotiations during the broadcast. “We continue to have our negotiations. I’m confident, I don’t have an exact timeline, but I’m not concerned about it, he’s not concerned about it … It’s just a matter of where it’s all going to land. As you know, you get a little creative and see how it is. I think it’s around the corner.”

The Falcons adjusted Jones’ contract prior to the 2018 season with the understanding that both parties would engage in good-faith conversations about an extension this offseason. Jones has been with the Falcons during training camp, but he has mostly worked off to the side as he continues to rehab from a foot injury.

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