Julio Jones, the receiver for Atlanta Falcons, has signed a 3-year extension deal which extends his contract with the team till 2023.
Jones already had 2 years left on his contract, for almost $21 million. With this new deal, his guaranteed amount increased to $66 million, with $64 million of it being given to him during the signing.
Jones expressed his love for the city of Atlanta and his eagerness to stay with the Falcons for the rest of his life.
Thomas Dimitroff, the general manager for the Falcons, said in a statement that Jones is an asset for them as there are very few receivers like him. He commended on his leadership qualities off the field and also his style of play on the field.
With this deal, Jones has become the highest-paid non-quarterback in NFL history in the case of guaranteed money. With Jones getting around 97% during the contract signing, it surpasses that of Trey Flowers, who received around 74%.
Jones will feature on the lineup against the Minnesota Vikings for the season opener on Sunday.
His extension was a matter of priority for Dimitroff and Arthur Blank, the team owner, following the adjustment on his contract previous year, giving him an additional amount of $2.9 million.
Blank had vowed to reward three players, Grady Jarett, Deion Jones, and Julio Jones before the start of the 2019 season. All three players got their extensions with Jarett and Deion receiving 4-year extensions worth $68 million and $57 million respectively.
Jones has an astonishing track record with him being the fastest player to reach ten thousand receiving yards in just 103 games in the entire history of the NFL. He also has eight franchise records. He wen 5 straight seasons with an average of 80 catches and 1400 receiving yards. He is currently just 133 yards short of beating the franchise record for receiving yards held by Roddy White.
After Jones, Austin Hooper is most likely to be the next offensive player who is supposed get an extension on his contract in the near future.