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Add Julio Jones to the list of NFL stars who won’t be in attendance for mandatory minicamp.

The Atlanta Falcons’ star wide receiver will sit out the three-day span starting Tuesday, the team announced Monday, as he continues to push for a new contract.

“We have been in contact with Julio and his representation,” the Falcons said in a statement. “We will not discuss those conversations publicly except to say we feel they have been productive and constructive. We understand the concerns and thoughts from their perspective.  Although not ideal, Julio informed us today he would not be attending mini-camp.

“We have much respect for him and what he means to our team, our city and our fans.”

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Jones, 29 has sat out the entirety of optional organized team activities. He has three years remaining on a five-year, $71.26 million extension he signed in 2015. That deal now ranks him eighth among the league’s wide receivers in average annual value.

A five-time Pro Bowl selection, he has eclipsed 1,400 receiving yards in each of the last four seasons. 

Falcons owner Arthur Blank said at the NFL meetings in May that Jones would be with the organization “forever.”

On Sunday, Seattle Seahawks safety Earl Thomas announced he would not attend minicamp or any team activities until his “contract situation is resolved.” Oakland Raiders defensive end Khalil Mack is also expected to sit out minicamp, NFL Network reported on Monday.

Follow Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz on Twitter @MikeMSchwartz.

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