Jones appears to be seeking a contract adjustment to bump his pay grade up into the neighborhood of the NFL’s top receivers. Multiple wideouts have received new contracts, leaving him ranked No. 7 at the position with a salary cap charge this season of $12.9 million.
Ryan wasn’t in the mood to talk shop after practice.
”I understand that there’s a business side to this sport, too, and I don’t like to get involved in other people’s business and I don’t like speaking about my business,” he said. ”It’s not my place to get into . . .
”He’s such a incredible player, such a talented player, and he’s been working hard. He’s in great shape, so I think he’ll pick those new things up really quickly.”
The question is when?
After logging 88 receptions last season for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns, Jones, 29, was tabbed for his fifth Pro Bowl in seven seasons, including four consecutive.
He has three years left, however, on the five-year Marquis Haynes Color Rush Jersey , $71.256 million extension he signed in 2015, and NFL teams rarely amend contracts with so much time left.
Ryan, by contrast, recently signed a five-year, $150 million extension ahead of what would have been the final season of his previous deal.
Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn have said that the team has been in contact with Jones and his agent, Jimmy Sexton.
Appeasing Jones would be tricky for reasons that go beyond giving him more money. Team officials have to be mindful of allocations.
The Falcons are about $9 million under the NFL’s projected $177 million salary cap with more than $107 million of that committed to offensive players, according to Sportrac.com.
That 64 percent is the third-highest offensive ratio in the league. Eight of the team’s 10 highest cap charges are offensive, including wide receiver Mohamed Sanu ($7.525 million).
A little more than $61 million is committed to defensive players. That 36.4 percent ranks 31st in the 32-team NFL, and the team has several talented, young defenders whose contracts are coming up.
The contracts of starting defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, safety Ricardo Allen and nickel back Bryan Poole run only through this season, and so do those of left tackle Jake Matthews, guard Andy Levitre and running back Tevin Coleman.
Linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell and edge rusher Vic Beasley are up next season.
Ryan’s cap hit of $17.7 million this season will rise to $22.8 million next season and $31.8 million in 2020, when Jones’ current contract calls for cap charges of $14.9 million and $11.426 million.
Together, the two make up more than 16 percent of the Falcons’ cap charges now Authentic Jalyn Holmes Jersey , and to give Julio more money might lower his charge in 2018, but the numbers would likely rise in the future.
Ryan’s looking forward to working with Jones between the Falcons’ minicamp, which ends Thursday, and the start of training camp in late July.
”We’ll have a group of guys, probably about 12 of us, that are going to get together and he’ll certainly be a part of that … ” Ryan said. ”As far as drama or anything, (Jones) is one of the best teammates you could ever be around.”
Daniel Jacobs smiled in his corner after an action-packed third round, looking pleased to be in a tough fight.
It wasn’t clear he would win it until he knocked Maciej Sulecki down with the kind of punch he wants to throw at the middleweight division’s biggest names.
The 12th-round knockdown helped Jacobs win a unanimous decision Saturday night, strengthening his hopes of getting another title shot.
Jacobs pulled out a competitive fight, winning by scores of 117-110, 116-111 and 115-112 and handing the Polish fighter his first loss.
”Going into the late rounds, the championship rounds, I mean ultimately what I was thinking was just to give these fans a great show,” Jacobs said.
The Associated Press scored it 116-111 for Jacobs.
Jacobs (34-2-0) became the mandatory challenger for the WBA 160-pound title, giving the popular Brooklyn fighter and cancer survivor hopes of a chance to avenge his unanimous decision loss to Gennady Golovkin from last year. Golovkin is fighting next week and afterward may want to turn his attention back to Canelo Alvarez after their planned May 5 rematch was scrapped when Alvarez was suspended for six months by the Nevada Athletic Commission for failing two drug tests.
So Jacobs also mentioned a fight with Jermall Charlo Daryl Worley Color Rush Jersey , who became the WBC’s interim middleweight champ with a second-round knockout of Hugo Centeno Jr. in this same ring last week.
”My plan is to fight any of the champions with the belts, any of the top guys at middleweight,” Jacobs said. ”If Brooklyn wants Charlo, then Charlo it will be.”
Jacobs had a much tougher time with Sulecki (26-1), who seemed to gain confidence as the fight went on and was getting the better of some of the action in the late rounds until Jacobs caught him with a quick right to the head early in the 12th, sending Sulecki to the canvas as Brooklyn fans roared for the hometown fighter.
There had been chants of ”Brook-lyn, Brook-lyn” earlier in the bout from the local fans that made up the announced crowd of 7,892 at Barclays Center. But the vocal section of Polish fans grew louder in the later rounds as their fighter rallied.
They had traded hard shots across the final seconds of the third, Jacobs smiling in his corner afterward as if pleased the action was picking up. Disappointed that Luis Arias went defensive and he had to settle for a decision in his last bout, Jacobs seemed to enjoy being in a real fight Saturday.
He won it by finding a way to be just a bit quicker than Sulecki in their exchanges. But promoter Eddie Hearn has been calling Jacobs the best middleweight in the world, and at times Saturday he was barely the best middleweight in the ring.
But Hearn things Jacobs’ performance will rise with his next opponent.
”Now he must have a marquee fight next because he will rise and box even better against the better fighters,” Hearn said.
Earlier, Jarrell Miller remained unbeaten and made his case for a potential shot at heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua by winning a unanimous decision against Johann Duhaupas.
The 304-pound ”Big Baby” won 119-109 on two judges’ cards and 117-111 on the other. Also a Brooklyn native, he improved to 21-0-1 in just his fourth fight that didn’t end in a stoppage.
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”He was a tough, durable fighter,” Miller said. ”I thought I could get him out of there earlier but he ate all my punches, even the ones I threw with bad intentions.”
Hearn discussed the possibility of having Joshua, holder of three heavyweight title belts, face Miller next, rather than a unification bout against Deontay Wilder, in what would be his first fight outside of his native Britain.
”I’m ready for Anthony Joshua,” Miller said. ”Let’s bring him to Brooklyn and show him how we do it.”
The pressure was on Miller to fight and entertain well to look worthy of the matchup, and he was up to the task. He came to the ring in a ”Black Panther” mask and promptly began pounding Duhaupas (37-5) with an array of punches, trapping his nearly 60-pounds-lighter opponent against the ropes and crouching low to go to the body or get good leverage to fire uppercuts.
The brash big man said he wants the Joshua fight but made it clear he will have other options.
”I’m not going to sit here and sit on my knees and beg,” he said.