A new deal could be on the horizon for Julio Jones.
According to Zach Klein of WSB-TV, who cited unidentified league sources, Jimmy Sexton, the agent for the Falcons wide receiver, is headed to Atlanta to try to “lock down a deal this week.”
Jones, who is set to earn $9.6 million in 2019, has two years left on the five-year contract worth $71 million he signed in 2015, though the expectation has been he will have a new deal in place before the regular season starts Sept. 8.
“Mr. [Arthur] Blank gave us his word,” Jones told TMZ Sports last 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.”
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff also praised Jones and said he was confident both sides would come out happy.
“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 recently. “We have a very good working relationship and respect for Jimmy Sexton and CAA, and I’m confident [the deal] will get done.”
Jones, 30, had 113 catches for a league-leading 1,677 receiving yards to go with eight touchdowns last season.
He won’t play in any preseason games but will be ready for action when the Falcons visit the Vikings in Week 1.