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GM Terry Fontenot says Falcons would listen to Julio Jones offers, as they would for any player

The Atlanta Falcons are open up to hearing trade presents for huge receiver Julio Jones, standard supervisor Terry Fontenot explained to Fox five in Atlanta on Monday evening.

Fontenot answered the query about possibly relocating Jones broadly, but the query questioned was a immediate 1 about the team’s star receiver for a decade.

“That’s 1 of these things when you’re carrying out things the appropriate way in an organization, you have to pay attention if people simply call, on any player,” Fontenot explained to Fox five. “In particular, we are in a complicated cap scenario, which is just the circumstance and it can be not a shock for us. We knew the circumstance we have been in. Our administration has completed an exceptional task up to this issue obtaining us in a posture to be able to manage the cap, and but we still have extra perform to do.

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“So when groups simply call about any gamers then we have to pay attention and we have to weigh it and we have to determine what is actually very best for the organization and we have to tackle anything with class.”

Jones is Atlanta’s all-time leader in catches (848) and yards (12,896), and his 60 touchdowns rank him 2nd at the rear of Roddy White. Jones has performed his total job in Atlanta considering the fact that being the No. 6 total pick in the 2011 draft — when the Falcons employed five picks to trade up from No. 27 to acquire him.

He grew to become an immediate distinction-maker with 959 yards and eight touchdowns as a rookie. His subsequent yr, in 2012, he manufactured the initial of his seven Pro Bowls and experienced his initial one,000-property period together with a job-substantial 10 touchdowns.

Jones, 32, led the NFL in acquiring yards in 2015 (one,871) and 2018 (one,677).

“Of course that particular player, we maintain him in substantial regard. He’s particular in what he’s completed and what he carries on to do here,” Fontenot said of Jones. “But we have to take into consideration any gamers if it can be appropriate for the crew for the reason that we have to do what is actually very best for this organization.”

Jones’ wage-cap selection and cap mismanagement by Atlanta’s previous standard supervisor, Thomas Dimitroff, are why the crew would pay attention to presents for the star wideout. The cap scenario pressured Atlanta to restructure the contracts of numerous Falcons gamers this offseason, which include these of quarterback Matt Ryan, linebacker Deion Jones and left deal with Jake Matthews.

The crew did not restructure Jones’ deal, while, with a $23.05 million cap strike and his foundation wage of $fifteen.three million completely guaranteed. If the Falcons have been to trade Jones after June one, they would be able to distribute out the economic strike about two seasons instead of all in 1.

The Falcons also maintain the No. 4 pick in this week’s NFL draft and could go a multitude of instructions with the variety, from quarterback to go-catcher to a trade down.