Julio Jones is undoubtedly one of the most talented wide receivers in the NFL today. Unfortunately his 2013 season was cut short when he injured his foot and was put on injured reserve.
After months of rehab, Jones has made it out to Falcons training camp and has looked outstanding thus far. After watching his teammate Roddy White pick up an extension with the Falcons that will likely keep him on the team for the remainder of his career, Jones wants to follow in his footsteps.
The Falcons showed their appreciation of Jones’ talent when they exercised their fifth-year option on Jones’ rookie deal. By doing so, the Falcons do not have to worry about losing Jones until after the 2015 season, so a contract extension is not a priority right now.
During the next two seasons, Jones is out to prove he is worthy of being a Falcons player for the remainder of his career. In an interview with ESPN, Jones explained that a contract extension is up to the Falcons, but he certainly wants to be a Falcon for the rest of his NFL career:
That’s on them to decide. I just have to come here and show up and work every day. I’ve got to make them feel like they want me here for the remainder of my career. The only thing I can do is keep working and keep my nose clean and just do the right things. When it comes, I’ll deserve it. I don’t like anybody giving me anything. I like to work hard for everything I get
If Jones continues to put up impressive numbers while staying healthy, there is no question the Falcons will give him the contract he wants in due time.