Julio Jones signed a five-year extension with the Falcons worth $71.25 million with $47.5 million guaranteed, per Chris Mortensen of ESPN.
The Falcons traded up for Jones in the 2011 NFL Draft, potentially mortgaging their future. As it turned out, GM Thomas Dimitroff’s bold decision was a good one, as Jones has risen to be one of the league’s top wide receivers.
Last season, Jones posted career-best numbers with 104 receptions for 1,593 yards and six touchdowns. At just 26 years old, Julio’s best football is still in front of him. In Kyle Shanahan’s offense, he will have the potential to improve on such a strong year.
After four years in the NFL, Jone has made 278 receptions for 4,330 yards and 26 touchdowns. The biggest concern has been with his health. He’s only completed all 16 games in one season, and missed 11 games in 2013 with a foot injury. Despite that, he bounced back in 2014, missing just one game with a hip issue.
Jones has been a true professional through the whole process. While some players decide to holdout in similar situations, Julio put the team first always and showed up. Atlanta can now look forward to five more years with this superstar on the roster.