The Atlanta Falcons have come to terms with two-time Pro Bowler Wide Receiver Julio Jones Saturday on a five-year extension worth $71.2 million dollars with $47 million of it guaranteed money according to ESPN’s Chris Mortensen.
Jones joins fellow position mates Demaryius Thomas (Denver Broncos), T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis Colts), and Dez Bryant (Dallas Cowboys) in having all signed big money deals this offseason.
This transaction surprised many, as it was reported earlier in the week that contract talks between Jones and Atlanta had come to a significant halt.
In the end, the deal will prevent the wideout from entering free agency next offseason, were he would have likely been courted highly by other NFL teams.
After being selected in the first round of the 2011 NFL Draft, the 26-year-old Jones and immediately made his mark as one of the premier receivers in football.
In 2014 he had his best season, garnering 1,593 yards on 104 receptions, scoring six touchdowns and averaging 106.2 yards per game.
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Peter Elliott writes about the NFL and MLB for Talking Baws.