The Atlanta Falcons opened training camp this week. The franchise did so without arguably their best player.
All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones decided to skip the first day of camp as he continued to hold out due to contract negotiations.
Jones, who signed a new contract just two years ago, but the wide receiver market has seen major jumps within the past two season. Antonio Brown and Mike Evans reset the market and Jones wanted to be a part of the new wave.
Now he is. After a brief holdout, the Falcons restructured Jones' deal. He'll enter the 2018 season with a near $3 million increase in salary.
Jones will earn more during the 2018 season and the team will likely rework his deal in the future. He is the ninth highest-paid wide receiver in terms of average annual salary despite being a top-3 wide receiver in the league in terms of production.
A solid 2018 season from Jones will force Atlanta to rethink his deal moving forward.