The relationship between Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons is reportedly not in a good place heading into training camp next month.
Appearing on ESPN 730AM The Game, Falcons beat writer D. Orlando Ledbetter was asked how things stand between Jones and the Falcons during their most recent contract talks.
It’s in a bad place right now, Ledbetter said, via Cory Woodroof of the Falcoholic. Coach [Dan Quinn] was expecting him in here. He told us that at the owners meeting when I talked to him down there in Orlando, and then, a few weeks later, Julio informed that he’s not going to be here.
Jones’ average annual salary of $14.25 million ranks eighth among all wide receivers, per Over the Cap. He signed a five-year deal worth up to $71.5 million in August 2015.
Quinn and Patricia speak in shorthand, and they’re always together. Four days after the Lions announced Patricia’s hiring, they announced a contract extension for Quinn that matches the length of Patricia’s contract. They are tied at the hip as the franchise enters another important era: quarterback Matthew Stafford’s 30s.
Cooter told Dave Birkett of the Detroit Free Press that he expects both the Lions offense and his play-calling to improve considerably in 2018.
I plan on improving personally every year. I’ve learned at this point not to think that I have all the answers or even most of the answers. I’m getting better every year. Every year I figure out something that I go, ‘Man, a year ago I didn’t see it that way and now I do.’ I think I understand it better. But this is a complex league. You got to stay fluid.
If that happens, Cooter is going to be a red-hot commodity. Young, offensive-minded head coaches are highly coveted in the NFL after what Sean McVay accomplished with the Los Angeles Rams in 2017.