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Matt Ryan once again worked without his favorite target Wednesday on the second day of the Atlanta Falcons‘ ”mandatory” mini-camp David Andrews Jersey , yet the quarterback said he’s not worried about wide receiver Julio Jones being absent and plans to work out with him soon.

Jones appears to be seeking a contract adjustment to bump his pay grade up into the neighborhood of the NFL’s top receivers. Multiple wideouts have received new contracts, leaving him ranked No. 7 at the position with a salary cap charge this season of $12.9 million.

Ryan wasn’t in the mood to talk shop after practice.

”I understand that there’s a business side to this sport, too, and I don’t like to get involved in other people’s business and I don’t like speaking about my business,” he said. ”It’s not my place to get into . . .

”He’s such a incredible player, such a talented player, and he’s been working hard. He’s in great shape, so I think he’ll pick those new things up really quickly.”

The question is when?

After logging 88 receptions last season for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns, Jones, 29 Jahleel Addae Jersey , was tabbed for his fifth Pro Bowl in seven seasons, including four consecutive.

He has three years left, however, on the five-year, $71.256 million extension he signed in 2015, and NFL teams rarely amend contracts with so much time left.

Ryan, by contrast, recently signed a five-year, $150 million extension ahead of what would have been the final season of his previous deal.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff and head coach Dan Quinn have said that the team has been in contact with Jones and his agent, Jimmy Sexton.

Appeasing Jones would be tricky for reasons that go beyond giving him more money. Team officials have to be mindful of allocations.

The Falcons are about $9 million under the NFL’s projected $177 million salary cap with more than $107 million of that committed to offensive players, according to Sportrac.com.

That 64 percent is the third-highest offensive ratio in the league. Eight of the team’s 10 highest cap charges are offensive Dave Casper Jersey , including wide receiver Mohamed Sanu ($7.525 million).

A little more than $61 million is committed to defensive players. That 36.4 percent ranks 31st in the 32-team NFL, and the team has several talented, young defenders whose contracts are coming up.

The contracts of starting defensive tackle Grady Jarrett, safety Ricardo Allen and nickel back Bryan Poole run only through this season, and so do those of left tackle Jake Matthews, guard Andy Levitre and running back Tevin Coleman.

Linebackers Deion Jones and De’Vondre Campbell and edge rusher Vic Beasley are up next season.

Ryan’s cap hit of $17.7 million this season will rise to $22.8 million next season and $31.8 million in 2020, when Jones’ current contract calls for cap charges of $14.9 million and $11.426 million.

Together, the two make up more than 16 percent of the Falcons’ cap charges now, and to give Julio more money might lower his charge in 2018, but the numbers would likely rise in the future.

Ryan’s looking forward to working with Jones between the Falcons’ minicamp, which ends Thursday O. J. Simpson Jersey , and the start of training camp in late July.

”We’ll have a group of guys, probably about 12 of us, that are going to get together and he’ll certainly be a part of that … ” Ryan said. ”As far as drama or anything, (Jones) is one of the best teammates you could ever be around.”





Yu Darvish has a new diagnosis on his injury: It’s a right elbow impingement and inflammation.

Darvish went to Texas to get another opinion on the sore triceps muscle that flared up again in a bullpen session on Thursday. Following the Cubs‘ 10-6 win over Minnesota on Friday, team spokesman Peter Chase confirmed the right-hander had consulted with Dr. Keith Meister, an orthopedic surgeon who is one of the Texas Rangers‘ team physicians.

During the visit, Darvish got a cortisone shot in the area. Chase said the injection would take three to five days ”to settle in.”

The 31-year-old Darvish broke into the majors with the Rangers and pitched for them from 2012 until he was traded to the Dodgers last July.

The setback ended plans for the right-hander’s return to the Cubs’ rotation this weekend.

Before Friday’s win, manager Joe Maddon said there’s no timetable for Darvish’s return.

”We’d love to have him out there pitching but it’s not going to happen,” Maddon said. ”I don’t know exactly when it’s going to happen.”

Darvish said his strength and endurance was good after he played catch on Wednesday while the Cubs were in Los Angeles. He threw a five-inning, 57-pitch rehab start with Class A South Bend on Monday.

But Darvish suffered a setback in his bullpen session on Thursday at Dodger Stadium.

Maddon said it was ”easy” to tell something was wrong with the righty and that he wasn’t using ”a normal throwing stroke.”

”I watched his workout yesterday and you could tell that something wasn’t appropriate or right,” Maddon said. ”So we had to take it to this next level and be patient with it.”

Chris Gimenez Charles Clay Jersey , who caught Darvish in the bullpen, said, ”You could tell he wasn’t feeling the greatest.”

Darvish had been scheduled to start Saturday against the Twins, but will be replaced by Tyler Chatwood, who came off the paternity list.

Darvish signed a $126 million, six-year free-agent deal with the Cubs in February, but is just 1-3 with a 4.95 ERA in eight starts. He didn’t earn his first win until May 20 in Cincinnati, his final start before going on the disabled list on May 26 with tendinitis in his right triceps.

Darvish had Tommy John surgery in March 2015, and returned on May 28, 2016.



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