Every NFL offseason is unique. It’s also exactly the same.
With mandatory minicamps coming to a close, let’s take a look at some prevalent storylines this time of year. Behold, the top offseason tropes of 2018…
The good news is that there are conversations that have begun, Quinn said Thursday, via the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. We’ll keep those private. I have a lot of faith in the organization and also in Julio that things will get resolved with good communications. I’m sure that’ll be a part of it as well.
We’re left to assume those conversations were about quelling Jones’ contract concerns, not about where LeBron James will sign this summer.
Everyone we’ve heard from this week — Matt Ryan, other teammates, and now the coach — dismissed Jones skipping mandatory minicamp as a big deal. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a long-term issue. Until we hear from Julio, however, it’s all just white noise.
Jones has seen his five-year, $71.25 million contract extension — $14.25 million per year average — passed over seven times over. He now sits as the eighth-highest paid receiver in the NFL, behind Antonio Brown, Mike Evans, DeAndre Hopkins, Sammy Watkins, Jarvis Landry, A.J. Green, and Davante Adams in per year average.
On the one hand, Jones should have expected when he signed a deal through the 2020 season other receivers would eventually pass him in earnings. On the other hand, with a finite number of years to play professional football Jones owns the right to seek out as many paydays a team is willing to oblige.
If you’re Jones, you’re probably ecstatic to see your teammate make tons of cash. Cool, bro. Do you. Let’s go for drinks later.
It may be the same scenario Bell faces in Pittsburgh. Teammate Antonio Brown signed a contract in February 2017 that made him the highest-paid receiver in football at $17 million per season.
As Sports Illustrated’s Jonathan Jones noted, Jones is making an average of $11.475 million throughout the rest of his deal. That’s almost $6 million less than Brown annually.