The Falcons hope to have All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ contract extension done before the start of the season, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
“I would hope so, but I don’t know that,” Falcons owner Arthur Blank said on Monday. “We’ll have to let things take their course. I know that we are definitely in serious negotiations. It’s our goal and their goal as well to get it done before the start of the season.”
The wide receiver market shifted when the Saints signed Michael Thomas to a five-year, $96.25 million deal that has the potential to surpass the $100 million mark. The 26-year-old Thomas, a second-round pick out of Ohio State in 2016 has three 1,000 yard seasons to start his career and was an All-Pro last season.
Jones said recently that his agent, Jimmy Sexton, is still in the process of negotiating his contract extension. Sexton has not responded to several email and phone calls requesting an interview.