The Atlanta Falcons and star wide receiver Julio Jones have agreed to terms on a new five-year contract, as ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reported on Twitter. The deal includes $47 million in guaranteed money.
Julio Jones and Falcons have agreed to a new 5-year contract worth $71.250 million and $47 million guaranteed. Team about to announce.
— Chris Mortensen (@mortreport) August 29, 2015
This is a great deal for both sides, as Jones was set to make $10.1 million this season and become an unrestricted free agent in the spring. Now, he can remain with the team that made him a household name and also drafted him sixth overall out of Alabama in 2011.
Jones, 26, has put up great numbers since coming to the NFL. In four seasons, he has 278 catches for 4,330 yards and 26 touchdowns and led the NFC with 1,593 receiving yards in 2014. He has built a great rapport with quarterback Matt Ryan and though the Falcons have yet to make a trip to the Super Bowl in his time with the team, locking him up long term ensures that the team will at least remain with the potential to stay on that path.
Atlanta opens the season at home against former Oregon coach Chip Kelly’s Philadelphia Eagles on Monday Night Football on September 14.
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