Falcons GM: Julio Jones, team ‘in a great spot’ despite social media drama
This past week, there has been some drama surrounding Atlanta Falcons star wideout Julio Jones. It appeared that Jones deleted everything related to the Falcons off of his Instagram page.
Julio Jones really deleted every Falcon pic. Even his bio. What is this? pic.twitter.com/qvsiLPN4id
— T'Ryan (@RyFlyy_) April 23, 2018
You're making me nervous, Julio Jones. #Falcons pic.twitter.com/JrSQWTk515
— Andrew Stow (@andrew_stow) April 23, 2018
It is not inherently clear why Jones decided to delete everything — but of course that won’t stop Falcons fans from getting worried. Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff weighed in on the swirling rumors and stated there were no real problems between each other.
“Julio and the organization are doing very well,” Dimitroff said this week, via ESPN. “I’m not concerned one bit about any of the social media. I think we’re in a great spot. He had very good discussions with [coach] Dan [Quinn]. And we’re in a great spot.”
It has also been reported that Jones made the moves to “prove a point” to young players at his alma mater — the University of Alabama — that you should be able to let go of social media to focus on football.
“The deleted Instagram photos caused a stir, but the team insisted it was related to Jones wanting a “fresh start” on social media while also proving a point to players at his former school, Alabama, about being willing to let go of social media.”
There has also been concern with Jones about offseason workouts with the Falcons. The offseason program for Atlanta began Apr. 16 and it has been reported that Jones did not shown up. Dimitroff addressed that issue as well, insisting there is are no concerns on that front.
“They’re voluntary, of course,” Dimitroff said. “Again, we feel very comfortable with where we are with Julio and how he perceives everything.”
There have been rumors that Jones wants to be the highest-paid receiver in the NFL. With three years left on his deal, those talks are right around the corner for Atlanta. The Falcons will require Jones to be at mandatory minicamp in mid-June, so we will have to see if the relationship with the front office changes before then.