Julio Jones not worried about contract

August, 1, 2014
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FLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. -- Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, part of the 2011 NFL draft class, said he is not concerned about signing a new lucrative contract at this particular time.

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"That's on them to decide," Jones told ESPN.com following Thursday's practice. "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.

"I don't think about (a new contract). Money is good, but I don't think about it. When I'm on the field, I want to beat the guy across from me. I just come to work and play football."

Jones, 25, is signed through 2015 after the team picked up his fifth-year option worth $10.176 million. His tag-team partner, veteran receiver Roddy White, recently received a contract extension.

This year, Jones will make $2,581,875 will a cap number of $5,149,735.

Two members of his draft class -- Dallas Cowboys offensive tackle Tyron Smith and Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson -- received contract extension this week. Peterson, who was the fifth-overall draft pick one slot ahead of Jones, received a five-year contract extension Peterson claimed was worth $70 million and reportedly $48 million guaranteed.

Jones took notice.

"I was extremely happy for (Peterson) to get paid, especially he came from LSU and we were playing together," said Jones, who faced Peterson in college at Alabama. "We worked each other every year. And he's a great guy. So, he deserves it."

Jones missed 11 games last season after fracturing his right foot for the second time in a Week 5 loss to the New York Jets. Although Jones said he is 100 percent and is participating in training camp, the Falcons likely will wait until he gets through a full season healthy before addressing his contract situation.

"When it comes, I'll deserve it," Jones said. "I don't like anybody giving me anything. I like to work hard for everything I get."

Jones is being held out of every other practice to start training camp. He said he's unsure how much he'll play in the team's exhibition games, starting with an Aug. 8 home matchup with the Miami Dolphins.

Vaughn McClure

ESPN Atlanta Falcons reporter

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