Julio Jones will get his deal.
The Falcons wide receiver reported to training camp Monday without a new contract, but general manager Thomas Dimitroff is almost certain the two sides will negotiate a new one before the start of the regular season.
“We have the utmost faith that Julio is coming here and he’s taking care of his business while he’s here, and we’ll keep plugging away with Jimmy [Sexton, Jones’ agent],” Dimitroff told ESPN on Tuesday. “We have a very good working relationship and respect for Jimmy Sexton and CAA, and I’m confident [the deal] will get done.”
Dimitroff wouldn’t give a timetable but was encouraging about the progress that’s been made so far this offseason.
Jones, who is set to be paid $9.6 million in 2019, has two years remaining on the five-year, $71 million contract he signed in 2015, though he remains optimistic that Falcons owner Arthur Blank will get him the new contract he promised.
“Mr. Blank gave us his word,” Jones told TMZ Sports earlier this month. “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.”
Jones, 30, had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards to go with eight touchdowns last season.