Julio Jones will be at training camp, despite not having a new deal.
The Falcons receiver said team owner Arthur Blank promised him that he will get a fresh contract soon and that his word carries a lot of weight.
“Mr. Blank gave us his word,” Jones told TMZ Sports. “That’s golden. … [Blank’s] word is that it’s going to get done. … There’s no stress on my end. I’m not thinking about it.
“[Blank] makes it easy for me to go out and just work every day and not have one of those situations where there’s a holdout or anything like that.”
The Falcons have been vocal about saying that they want to get Jones a new contract, and Blank has even said that he wants to make sure Jones is a Falcon for life.
Jones has two years left on a five-year, $71 million deal he signed in 2015, but the expectation is that he will have a new contract before the season starts.
Last year, Jones held out from camps and practices before the Falcons gave him with a small pay raise and promised him that they would work on something ahead of the 2019 season.
With the massive contracts other elite receivers have gotten in the past couple of years, Jones likely will receive something similar.
As for retirement, Jones, 30, said he doesn’t plan to leave the NFL behind anytime soon, but he is looking at his health at the end of every season.
“I’m year-to-year, man. … For me, I haven’t felt like I’ve lost a step,” he said. “But as soon as I feel like I’m losing a step or I’m slowing down or I can’t produce or I can’t help my teammates or things like that, that’s when I will slow down.”
Jones had 113 receptions for 1,677 yards and eight touchdowns last season.