Falcons tell Julio no renegotiation

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- The Atlanta Falcons have told All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones they will not renegotiate his contract before the upcoming National Football League season, FOX 5 Sports has confirmed.

The Falcons informed Jones several weeks ago that they didn't have room under the salary cap to offer him a new deal for this season, according to the person, who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Thursday because the contract talks have not been made public. Despite being under contract through 2020, the Jones camp felt he needed an extension.

Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Rams and receiver Brandin Cooks agreed to a five-year, $81 million contract.

The Falcons explained to Jones that they do not have the money budgeted for a renegotiation with him in 2018. Jones missed both voluntary OTAs as well as June's mandatory minicamp.

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Sources tell FOX 5 the team has told the perennial All-Pro they will not give him the raise he wants, but they hope Jones will report to training camp when it begins next week. He's been interviewed by TMZ about the holdout, telling the website "we're good" in reference to the Falcons.

A photo shared on the Falcons' Twitter account, acquired from rookie wideout Calvin Ridley's Snapchat, seemed to put to rest any worries as to how Jones felt about his teammates. Instead, the team is focused on handing out extensions to defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, left tackle Jake Matthews and safety Ricardo Allen.

Julio even went back through and deleted all of his Falcons-related Instagram posts. Maybe Jones sits out part of training camp to force the issue. Either way, all eyes will be on Flowery Branch, Georgia when Falcons camp opens on July 26th.

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