Julio Jones sent the Falcons a message in skipping the offseason program and mandatory minicamp. So what does the star receiver do now that the Falcons have told him they won’t adjust his contract?
Jeff Schultz of The Athletic reported Wednesday night that the Falcons recently informed Jones they have not budgeted for a renegotiation for 2018 and have no plans to give Jones a raise for this season. Jones signed a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension with the Falcons before the 2015 season but is scheduled to make only $10.5 million in base salary for 2018.
Coming in, we watched all the tape and were trying to find who would be the most disruptive player at the [defensive tackle] 3-technique position, Saleh says. The 3-technique is your premier inside guy. He can rush the passer, stop the run—he does everything. The importance of that 3-technique to us was first and foremost, especially when you’re dealing with all the different bodies that we had to take over from a 3-4 team.
TJ Carrie is a big loss after finally coming into his own during his fourth and final season in Oakland. Newcomer Leon Hall could start opposite Gareon Conley, who missed most of his rookie season with a shin injury. Given all the uncertainty in the defensive backfield, Jon Gruden has to hope for a big jump from safety Karl Joseph. On the offensive line, first-round pick Kolton Miller joins an outstanding front five that’s had a revolving door at the right tackle position of late. Right guard Gabe Jackson’s performance slide in 2017 could mean trouble for Derek Carr on the right side. If the Raiders are expecting much from 35-year-old linebacker Derrick Johnson, they may be disappointed in his twin surgically-repaired achilles tendons.
The 57-year old Lewis spent 16 years playing for the Chiefs and Raiders after being a third-round pick of the Chiefs in 1983. He appeared in 225 career games and recorded 42 interceptions and 12.5 sacks. He was named to the Pro Bowl and All-Pro teams from 1988-1990 with an additional Pro Bowl appearance in 1987.
The Chiefs inducted Lewis into their Hall of Fame in 2007 for the 11 years he spent with the franchise from 1983-93.