Last year, Julio Jones stated that he wanted and deserve a new contract. Odell Beckham Jr and other top receivers were signing monstrous contract extension. Those extensions were getting higher and the deal Jones signed seemed outdated. Jones threatened to sit out camp without a new deal and the Falcons eventually restructured his deal. Atlanta promised Jones he’ll eventually get a deal to make him the highest paid WR in the league. On Saturday, Jones’ shiny new deal came to fruition as the wide receiver and the Falcons agreed on a three-year, $66 million extension, NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero and NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported, per league sources. The $22 million per season makes Jones the highest-paid receiver in the game on average. Rapoport reports of the $66 million, a whopping $64 million is guaranteed. The team confirmed the signing.
Up until penning his now current contract, Jones had two years remaining on his Falcons deal and was due $9.6 million and $11.426 million in each of the next seasons, respectively. It combined to give him an average per-season salary out of the top 10 for receivers. The 30-year-old wideout has been regarded as one of the NFL’s elite receivers for quite some time and now he’ll once again be paid as such. Jones is coming off a 2018 campaign in which he led the NFL with 1,677 yards receiving, earning him a fifth-straight trip to the Pro Bowl and the sixth bid overall in his eight-season career. It was likewise the fifth consecutive 1,000-yard year for Jones, who has six in total for the Falcons.
In the NFL today, there has been a lot of news regarding receivers in the league. As we all have heard, Antonio Brown is one the move once again. The day opened with news that the Raiders had released the future Hall-Of-Famer. A few hours later, we learned that New England inked Brown to a one-year deal. Alshon Jeffrey of the Philadelphia Eagles restructuring his deal to save the team a lot of money on the cap. The new deal guarantees Jeffrey’s contract in 2020. Though his contract ran through the 2021 season, Jeffery had no guaranteed salary in his contract after this season.