Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones did not attend last week's mandatory minicamp while he seeks a contract adjustment, and Falcons officials apparently are not pleased that Jones has been spending his time working out with former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens.
Owens was recently elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame, but he had a contract dispute with the Philadelphia Eagles that ended up with him being sent home and eventually traded away.
"The fact that he's running around with Terrell Owens has the front office uneasy," D. Orlando Ledbetter, a Falcons beat writer for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, said on ESPN Radio in Charlotte.
Ledbetter added that the relationship between Jones and the team is "in a bad place right now."
"The coach was expecting him in here," Ledbetter said. "Then a few weeks later Julio informed them he's not going to be here."
Nonetheless, Ledbetter said he expects Jones to be present when training camp starts.
A two-time first-team All-Pro selection, Jones signed a five-year, $71.2 million contract extension on Aug. 31, 2015. The deal included $47 million in guaranteed money.
Last season, Jones, 29, had 88 receptions for 1,444 yards and three touchdowns during the regular season, and he added 18 catches for 195 yards and one touchdown in two postseason games.
It marked the fourth consecutive season with at least 1,400 receiving yards for Jones, the No. 6 overall pick of the Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft.