Jones could be fined up to $40,000 for each day that he misses, as the first official practice for the team is Friday. The star wideout signed a five-year, $71 million contract in 2015, which included a $12 million signing bonus and $47 million in guaranteed money. He is expected to make $10.5 million this upcoming season, When asked about this situation, Falcons owner Arthur Blank said that he does not plan on getting involved with contract negotiations or Jones himself.
The five-time first-team All-Pro wide receiver is coming off a season that saw him catch 88 passes for 1,444 yards, but just three touchdowns. That is his lowest total in a year since he had two after playing in just five games in the 2013 season. He started all 16 games last year.
On the defensive side of the ball, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas is also refusing to show up to training camp on Thursday. This is because Thomas wants a contract extension, which the team claims he has "zero chance" of getting if he doesn't show up.
The 29-year-old is entering the final year of his four-year, $40 million contract, which puts him sixth at his position in annual salary. He has already skipped mandatory minicamp last month due to the contract issue, and told reporters at the Pro Bowl in January that he did not plan on playing without a new contract.
There have been trade talks involved as well, which included his hometown team, the Dallas Cowboys. This brings people back to this past Christmas Eve when the Seahawks played at AT&T Stadium and Thomas chased down Cowboys head coach Jason Garrett after the game and said "come get me if I'm available." He did also take the issue to Instagram, saying "make the trade happen." Thomas could also receive up to $40,000 fines for each day he misses, if he decides to drag this on.