NFC Notes: Julio Jones, Falcons, 49ers, Richburg, Packers, Wilkerson

The Falcons have had to do right by a lot of players recently. They’ve doled out extensions to Devonta Freeman and Matt Ryan and still need to lock up Grady Jarrett and Jake Matthews. Ricardo Allen has also been angling for a new deal. On top of all this, star receiver Julio Jones has made clear his unhappiness with his current contract, and held out of mandatory minicamp in protest.

The team recently informed Jones they had no plans to sweeten his deal, which still has three years remaining on it. Jones is looking at it from the wrong perspective, argues Mark Bradley of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Bradley thinks that since the Falcons budgeted for the rest of their players under the assumption Jones would play out his deal, it isn’t fair of him to ask the team for a raise. Bradley writes that Jones’ demands are due to “wounded pride” at being the NFL’s seventh-highest paid receiver. It’s unclear how Jones will respond to Atlanta’s refusal, but the team certainly doesn’t want its best player this unhappy. It wouldn’t be surprising if the two sides come to some sort of agreement on additional incentives or some other measure that will satisfy Jones.

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  1. mackows2

    Sheehy makes the cut, Lowry goes down as another TT high middle round reach and overall bust.

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  2. tharrie0820

    If it wasn’t for the fact that the team structure these contracts to get out at the first sign of decline, I’d say the players have absolutely no right to threaten to sit out games if they dont get a raise. If you’re afraid you won’t keep being the highest paid player, don’t sign the contract

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