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NFL Star WR Will Skip His Team's Mandatory Minicamp

Atlanta Falcons helmets sitting on the field.

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 02: Atlanta Falcons helmets on the field during the Super Bowl LI practice on February 2, 2017 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The Atlanta Falcons are set to begin mandatory minicamp this week. The franchise will be without arguably its best player as it starts practice.

All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones will not be attending the mandatory practices. The team officially announced the news today.

Jones is seeking a new contract. The two sides have not come to an agreement yet. It's unclear when/if they will.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff released the following statement:

"We have been in contact with Julio and his representation. We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp.

"We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans."

Jones, 29, caught 88 passes for 1,444 yards and 3 touchdowns last season. He made headlines earlier this offseason when he deleted all of his Falcons information from social media.

Stay tuned.