White: Falcons need to pay Julio Jones


FLOWERY BRANCH -- Falcons wide receiver Roddy White, who held out in 2009 instead of entering into the final year of his contract, has advised the Falcons to extend Julio Jones' deal, according to two tweets form ESPN 's Josina Anderson.

Jones is set to make $10.176 million under the final year of his rookie contract. He's already said that he doesn't plan to holdout.

White believes extending Jones, who has a history of foot injuries, would make him feel more comfortable in 2015.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff has said the team wants to extend Jones and is not overly concerned about his injury history.

The market for Jones' contract extension was set earlier this week when Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas reached new five-year, $70 million contracts

Bryant, who had threaten to holdout, agreed to a five-year, $70 million contract with $20 million signing bonus and $45 million guaranteed, according to Clarence Hill Jr. of the Forth Worth Star-Telegram.

Also, Thomas, who's represented by Atlanta-based agent Todd France, agreed to a five-year, $70-million deal with $43.5 million guaranteed.

The Falcons, who can slap the franchise tag on Jones in 2016 and 2017, are not under any duress to extend his contract.

The main issue facing the Falcons is how to work out a deal that doesn’t cripple the team’s long-range salary cap goals.

Jones is represented by Jimmy Sexton.

The Falcons have repeatedly expressed a desire to retain Jones.



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