More than a few veterans are skipping offseason workouts to lobby for new deals, but not Julio Jones.
We didn't expect Jones to hold out after Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said earlier this month that the receiver's contract status loomed as a top priority after the draft.
Jones is a candidate to become one of the highest-paid players at his position, where Calvin Johnson tops the list with a contract worth just over $16 million per season. The Falcons picked up Jones' fifth-year option for 2015 and could slap him with the franchise tag in 2016 if a deal can't be worked out.
How Jones and quarterback Matt Ryan adapt to Kyle Shanahan's new offense remains one of the juicier subplots in the NFC South.
Other items heading into this week's rash of OTAs:
- Four Seahawks weren't on hand for Tuesday's workout. Quarterback Russell Wilson and newly added tight end Jimmy Graham were skipping the session to attend to personal matters, according to ESPN Seattle's Danny O'Neil. Pass rusher Cliff Avril was absent with a family matter while fellow lineman Michael Bennett was a no-show as he seeks a new contract.