Earlier this offseason, Atlanta Hawks star wide receiver Julio Jones scrubbed the team from his social media feeds, but a report indicated he was "happy" with the team. One thing he definitely is not happy with, however, is his contract. Jones is under contract through 2020, but he wants a new deal, as he's set to make only $10.5 million this season. In comparison, Antonio Brown makes about $17 million per year.
Per multiple reports, Jones has no plans to show up to Falcons preseason training unless the two sides reach a new deal.
Julio Jones does not plan to report to Falcons on schedule Thursday without an adjustment to his contract, which has three years remaining, per league sources. He is set to make $10.5 million in 2018. The team is aware of his mindset at this time.— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) July 24, 2018
The Falcons do not appear inclined to revise Jones' contract, so it seems the former Alabama wideout is playing some hardball.
#Falcons WR Julio Jones does not plan to report to camp and he is comfortable sitting out the entire time, sources said. He is still seeking a contract adjustment, while the team made clear to him they did not plan to give him one. He appears resolute in his mindset.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2018
During his time in Atlanta, #Falcons WR Julio Jones has been a model teammate and his strong stance has surprised some. But he is also a very savvy businessman off the field. He knows value. So this is not out of character. Either way, the team won’t see him for a while.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 24, 2018
Jones has already skipped the team's mandatory minicamp. He signed a six-year deal worth $81.4 million in 2015—a move he clearly regrets.