Julio Jones to skip Atlanta Falcons’ mandatory mini-camp

Julio Jones has told the Atlanta Falcons he will not attend this week’s mandatory mini-camp, the team announced on Monday.

It comes amid reports that the wide receiver is seeking a new contract and is unhappy with an initial proposal from the franchise.

Jones has missed the Falcons’ off-season conditioning program and organised team activities, all of which have been voluntary, while training on his own in Alabama.

The mini-camp, the team’s final practice before training camp starts in late July, is the only mandatory portion of the off-season, with players subject to fines if they do not attend.

“We have been in contact with Julio and his representation,” general manager Thomas Dimitroff said in a statement.

“We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive.

“We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective. Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp.

“We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans.”