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Julio Jones not worried about his contract extension

D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on

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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is not overly concerned about his pending contract extension.

"What contract?" Jones quipped to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution after minicamp practice Tuesday. "On my house? Stuff is getting high right now. Prices are going up."

Then, he got serious.

"Nah, man, as far as the contract thing, (owner) Mr. (Arthur) Blank has spoken," Jones said. "At the end of the day, his word is gold. He said they are going to get something done between them and my agency. As far as me, I just hold up my end and stay ready."

"They are both great players, both Grady (Jarrett) and Julio," Blank told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution via phone in March from the NFL meetings in Phoenix. "They both will be Falcons for life. I feel pretty good, comfortable and confident in saying that."

Last season, things got messy as Jones held out of the mandatory minicamp. A compromise was struck with an adjustment at the start of training camp. There was a promise that a contract extension would get done this offseason.

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The Falcons and Jones' agent, Jimmy Sexton, are still working on a deal while the wide receiver market continues to shift.

Jones is slated to be the 13th highest paid receiver in the league in 2019, according to NFL stats. Tampa Bay's Michael Evans ($20 million) is set to be highest paid, while Jones is at $13.4 million.

Jones said his health is fine.

"Just maintenance," said Jones, who's essentially resting feet. "I just take it easy. I'm not out here to rush things. A lot of times guys get hurt coming back. You get MCL, ACL and Achilles, things like that. Especially when you come out here and you're an explosive guy. I just want to take my time coming back into it. You just have to gradually get back into it."

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