Posted: 1:53 pm Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Falcons plan to lock up WR Julio Jones for the future 

By D. Orlando Ledbetter

Future Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Future Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones ran the 40-yard dash at the NFL football scouting combine in Indianapolis on Sunday, Feb. 27, 2011. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

FLOWERY BRANCH – The Falcons expect to lock up wide receiver Julio Jones services at some point in the future, coach Mike Smith said on Tuesday.

The Pro Bowl wide receiver, who is recovering from foot surgery, is still working with the training staff. Smith was not specific when asked if the team would exercise the fifth-year in Jones’ rookie contract.

“Again, I’m not going to talk about specific contractual situations,” Smith said. “I do know this, Julio Jones is going to be an Atlanta Falcons for a long, long time.”

Smith said the Falcons expect to have Jones back for the beginning of the regular season.

“Julio is participating with our athletic performance department,” Smith said. “With (trainer) Marty Lauzon and his group. He will be able to get out on the field and do some walkthrough stuff with us when we start going.

“Our focus with Julio is one thing and that’s having him prepared for our opener, which I’m sure we’ll get the date in the next couple of days. I believe the schedule will be coming out in the next couple of days. But that’s what our focus is.

“He’s progressing well. We’re not going to do anything to hinder his time-frame in terms of getting back to work with us.”


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He's not worth the millions it will take to re-sign him. Dump the guy now and don't waste any more money on him.


We have so many needs at so many positions, and have done so little in so many areas.


Love me some Julio Jones, but in this league you must be available....


Where's DawgNole?


#103 Brandon Coleman is a later round projection, Falcons need to draft him if falls to 4th round.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Julio is your best player on the team, you better lock him up or Falcons will become the laughing stock in the NFL.

See what happen when Julio went down 4wins 12loss enough said.

GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Why not? They locked up hurt back, short arm, Sam Baker. Makes all the sense in the world. BTW, that picture of Julio is him running on that same bad foot with the first screw in it. Now he's on the second one. I hope everything works out.


Falcons also need to lock up Jadeveon Clowney for the future.



You must be a sAints fan... He is one of the best Recievers in the NFL and will be for years to come.



No, princess is a Georgie tek fan who thinks she knows everything about everything, and she is a frustrated ole bitty.


@Dman  when he is healthy. Thats the key. I love Julio, but this is a tricky deal. Id extend him for the year, see how he handles the season then if healthy sign him long term.. He is a beast, no doubt, but two of his three years he missed a lot of time hurt.