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Julio Jones-Falcons Split Has Been Years in the Making

Isaiah De Los Santos
Julio Jones' likely exit from the Atlanta Falcons this offseason has been years in the making.
Julio Jones' likely exit from the Atlanta Falcons this offseason has been years in the making. / Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

One of the biggest stories around the league right now is the ongoing trade drama between Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons. Hopes of it being an amicable breakup were tossed out of the window when the wideout said on national TV that he wanted out of Atlanta.

Jones' comments and news of the Falcons listening to trade offers seemed to come out of the blue before the draft. Yet it appears the situation has been leading towards this outcome for years.

Jones signed a three-year, $66 million extension in 2019 to make him the highest paid receiver in the league, but it took a toll on both sides and their relationship. That same contract is currently playing a role in the Falcons' salary cap issues and could lead to his exit this summer.

Sometimes contract negotiations aren't easy, especially when they concern a top franchise player and involve record-breaking money. While Jones got the pay bump he wanted and the Falcons locked up their All-Pro receiver, it's clear no one really won even after they agreed to terms.

And now the issues between Jones and the Falcons are coming to a head in the public. It's unfortunate, but both sides will be able to start fresh once their breakup is official.

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