With high-profile holdouts by Denver Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas and Dallas Cowboys wide receiver Dez Bryant dominating the headlines right now, one superstar NFL receiver whose contract is up after this season pledges that he won’t be a distraction for his team next offseason. Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones told ESPN’s Vaughn McClure that he has no plans on holding out in 2016.
Jones is playing in the final season of his rookie contract and he stands to land a lucrative deal and all indications are that the Atlanta Falcons plan on giving him the long-term extension he seeks in the near future. However, in the event that negotiations fall through Jones is claiming that he’ll take the high road and show up to all team activities. He state the following:
“I haven’t been watching other people,” Jones said. “All I can do is take care of me. I’m going to let [the Falcons] take care of that side of it. If they say be here at this time, I’m going to be there. I’m going to be accountable.
“I’m not going to hold out for anything. My teammates need me. I’m being selfish if I’m not here and doing what I need to do.”
Jones’ agent Jimmy Sexton is sure to demand quite a bit from the Falcons when they head to the negotiating table as Jones is emerging as one of the NFL’s most dominant offensive weapons. However, Jones has always been relatively quiet and low maintenance as far as wide receivers go so it’s no surprise to hear him saying all the right things now.