Fal­cons agree to lu­cra­tive deal to keep re­ceiver Julio Jones

Global Times US Edition - - SPORTS -

On the eve of their NFL sea­sonopener the At­lanta Fal­cons agreed to terms with All-pro re­ceiver Julio Jones on a con­tract extension worth a re­ported $66 mil­lion.

The Fal­cons did not con­firm re­ports the deal is for three years and that $64 mil­lion of its $66 mil­lion value is guar­an­teed.

That fig­ure would make Jones the high­est-paid re­ceiver in the game on av­er­age.

“There are a hand­ful of elite re­ceivers and Julio is cer­tainly a part of that group, not only be­cause of his pro­duc­tion on the field but his leadership off the field and in the locker room,” Fal­cons gen­eral man­ager Thomas Dim­itroff said.

“Julio has been a cor­ner­stone of our or­ga­ni­za­tion for sev­eral years and we have al­ways in­tended for that to con­tinue for years to come.”

Jones was the sixth over­all pick in the 2011 NFL Draft. He is a two-time All-pro and six­time Pro Bowler.

In eight sea­sons he has caught 698 passes for 10,731 yards (9,812 me­ters) and 51 touch­downs.

In 2018 he be­came the fastest player in NFL his­tory to reach 10,000 ca­reer re­ceiv­ing yards, achiev­ing that mile­stone in his 104st ca­reer game – 11 fewer than for­mer Li­ons re­ceiver Calvin John­son.

Jones was the league’s top re­ceiver in 2018, gain­ing 1,677 yards and scor­ing eight touch­downs on 113 catches.

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