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Falcons, Julio Jones may be headed for an ugly situation in Atlanta

In the last several weeks, the Atlanta Falcons have had a central focus on All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones’ current offseason holdout that is centered on his desire to earn a new lucrative deal.

However, it now appears that the Falcons have already informed Jones that he will not receive a contract extension this season, according to Vaughn McClure of ESPN.

The Atlanta Falcons informed Pro Bowl wide receiver, Julio Jones, last month that they would not give him a contract extension this season, sources confirmed to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

The communication doesn’t mean the Falcons can’t modify Jones’ contract this season in the form of incentives, but his deal will not be extended in 2018, sources said.

The doors are still open to Jones getting his contract modified in some sort of fashion, but there is no current desire from the franchise to extend his contract further.

Jones is currently in the third year of his five-year, $71.2 million deal that has roughly $39.2 million remaining. He is on the docket to make just over $14 million for the 2018 campaign, which will make the eighth highest paid t his position.

The 29-year-old has proven with his play on the field up to this point of his career that he’s worth that lofty contract. He is coming off yet another impressive campaign where he notched 88 catches for an NFC-best 1,444 receiving yards along with three touchdowns. This put him alongside Roddy White (six) as the only players in franchise history to have at least five 1,000-yard receiving seasons. This decision may continue to put in another wrinkle in this ongoing situation.

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