Julio Jones Rumors: Falcons 'Hopeful' They'll Get New Contract Done Amid Holdout

Alec Nathan@@AlecBNathanFeatured ColumnistJuly 25, 2018

ATLANTA, GA - DECEMBER 31: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons walks off the field after beating the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 31, 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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It may not be all doom and gloom for Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons.

Citing a team source, NFL Network's Tiffany Blackmon reported Wednesday that the Falcons are "hopeful" they will be able to reach an agreement on a new contract with Jones. 

"Important to note that the two sides have been talking about the contract for a while nownot just recently, and have both expressed their concerns," Blackmon added. "Each sees the other’s point of view."

The Athletic's Jeff Schultz first reported that the Falcons "informed Julio Jones that they have no plans to give him the raise that he is seeking before the 2018 season."

ESPN.com's Chris Mortensen added Jones "does not plan to report to Falcons on schedule Thursday without an adjustment to his contract."

Jones, 29, currently has three years remaining on the five-year, $71.2 million deal he signed in 2015. 

As things stand, his $12.9 million cap hit will rank seventh among all receivers next season, according to OverTheCap.com

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