According to Falcons head coach Arthur Smith, Deion Jones will not be with the team for the rest of the offseason:
#Falcons coach Arthur Smith announced Deion Jones is out for the offseason. Story to come.
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) May 26, 2022
This either means one of two things — Jones is injured or he is being cut or traded. I doubt Jones is being cut because there are no differences in financial implications if the Falcons do it before or after June 1st. The Falcons save a lot of money if Jones is traded after June 1st, but now that is likely off the table with it being announced that he is having shoulder surgery.
#Falcons LB Deion Jones underwent shoulder surgery and will miss the offseason workout program. Jones carries a large $20M cap number this season and there have been some rumblings about his future in Atlanta.
— Ari Meirov (@MySportsUpdate) May 26, 2022
The Falcons are likely stuck with Jones until they can cut or trade him next offseason, assuming his play doesn’t improve. There’s no timetable for his return.