“Other teams have done these things when elite players who felt underpaid were at similar stages of their contracts,” Corry noted.
Jones did not participate in the team’s offseason program and skipped the mandatory minicamp. He missed out on a small workout bonus ($3,225) and opened himself up to be fined by the team for $84,435.
Jones signed a five-year, $71.2 million contract extension Aug. 31, 2015. The deal included $47 million in guaranteed money, with base salaries of $10.5 million (2018), $12.5 million (2019) and $11.4 million (2020). He’s set to be the seventh-highest paid wide receiver in the league (based on salary cap hit), but has three years remaining on the deal.
The Falcons have not made it a practice of tearing up contracts with three years left. They re-configured Roddy White’s contract in 2009 with one year left after a brief holdout.
Over the offseason the wide receiver market changed as Jarvis Landry landed a five-year, $75-million deal with Cleveland, Mike Evans signed a five-year, $82.5 million deal with Tampa Bay and Sammy Watkins signed a three-year, $48 million deal with Kansas City.
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