Buford – Falcons rookie Julio Jones is not too worried about possibly losing millions if a rookie salary cap is implemented in the new collective bargaining agreement.
“I love football,” said Jones after practice on Wednesday. “It plays a part, but at the same time I can’t worry about that. It’s out of my hands. The best thing I can do is come out here and play football.”
Last season, Seattle selected Oklahoma State tackle Russell Okung with the sixth pick. He signed a six-year contract that was worth $48.5 million. A total of $30 million of the deal was guaranteed.
During the labor negotiations both sides have generally agreed that money going to unproven rookies should be shifted to proven veterans. It’s difficult to determine just how much guaranteed money that Jones will miss out on or have to earn as a veteran.
However, it’s unlikely that he’ll receive anything near the $30 million guaranteed on his first contract under a new deal.
–D. Orlando Ledbetter, The Atlanta Falcons beat blog