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NFL Rumors: Why Julio Jones’ Relationship With Falcons Is In ‘A Bad Place’

Birds of a feather flock together, but Julio Jones is flying solo at the moment — and may be ruffling some feathers in the process.
The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver skipped the team’s organized team activities and minicamp as he attempts to restructure his current contract.
During an appearance on ESPN Charlotte’s 730 AM The Game radio show, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Falcons beat writer, D. Orlando Ledbetter, offered some insight into how Jones’ negotiations with the Falcons are going.
“Coach was expecting him in here.
“The fact that he’s running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy,” Ledbetter added.
So, they’ll have to mend some fences, no question about it, once he returns.” There’s a silver lining for Falcons fans in that last remark, though: Despite the apparent rift, Ledbetter expects Atlanta and Jones to come to terms on a new contract before training camp starts in late July.
“Yes, I do (expect a deal to get done),” Ledbetter said on the show.
Nothing major, but it’s major enough to keep him away from camp.” Jones has three years remaining on a five-year, $71.26 million contract extension he signed in 2015, which currently makes him the NFL’s eighth-highest-paid wide receiver by average annual value.
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Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones
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Birds of a feather flock together, but Julio Jones is flying solo at the moment — and may be ruffling some feathers in the process.

The Atlanta Falcons wide receiver skipped the team’s organized team activities and minicamp as he attempts to restructure his current contract. During an appearance on ESPN Charlotte’s 730 AM The Game radio show, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Falcons beat writer, D. Orlando Ledbetter, offered some insight into how Jones’ negotiations with the Falcons are going.

The answer: Not great, as Jones skipping OTAs apparently was news to Atlanta head coach Dan Quinn.

“It’s in a bad place right now,” Ledbetter told ESPN…

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