Jones isn’t at Falcons’ minicamp over a contract dispute.

Julio Jones’ isn’t showing up for the Falcons’ mandatory minicamp from Tuesday through Thursday, which has sent the entire planet into a frenzy.

Jones and the Falcons will be fine, of course. General manager Thomas Dimitroff released a statement on Monday, and even said the conversations between Jones and the team had been productive and constructive. Everything’s cool.

This rule begins on the first day of the new League Year (the first day of free agency) and ends just before the first NFL regular-season game is played, which this year is midnight, Sept. 6.

As the 90-men rosters are trimmed to 53, players whose cap figures weren’t initially part of the Top 51 now count toward the total cap allocation for contracts.

As part of the accounting process, any signing or workout bonuses already paid out to players who originally weren’t part of the Top 51 list will count as dead money against the team’s cap if that player doesn’t make the roster.

That play never should have happened, and time and again, the Lions found ways to break him.

It’s not that Johnson didn’t have a good quarterback in Detroit (Matthew Stafford came along in his third season). And it’s not like Johnson needed a good quarterback to produce — in his final season in college, he had 1,202 receiving yards and that was at Georgia Tech with Reggie Ball as his quarterback. In 2008, he totaled 1,331 receiving yards in a league-high 12 touchdown catches from the winless quintuple of Dan Orlovsky, Jon Kitna, Daunte Culpepper, and Drews Stanton and Henson.

But he never had an Aaron Rodgers, and you know what they say: if you can’t beat ’em, Kevin Durant ’em. Rodgers performs acts of football legerdemain on the regular, and with the 6’5 Johnson to the throw the ball to, the two could headline their own Vegas magic show.

No update on Andrew Luck. Not throwing. Went through early work at OTAs then head to indoor facility to further work. Frank Reich not certain if Luck will throw before end of offseason work in mid-June. Also not concerned.

A week after new Colts coach Frank Reich told reporters Luck was getting real close to being ready to throw a football again, it finally happened at one of the team’s last OTAs of the year.

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