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Julio Jones signs 4-year, $16.2 million deal with Falcons

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The Atlanta Falcons have all their draft picks under contract, with wide receiver Julio Jones getting done this evening.

Zach Klein of WSB-TV in Atlanta reports that Jones signed a four-year, $16.2 million fully guaranteed contract.

The Falcons liked Jones so much that they traded five draft picks, including their first-round picks both this year and next year, to move up to No. 6 overall and select him. Obviously, they expect him to make a major impact as a rookie.

The Falcons’ other picks (Georgia linebacker Akeem Dent, Oregon State running back Jacquizz Rodgers, Miami punter Matt Bosher, Fresno State guard Andrew Jackson and South Carolina defensive end Cliff Matthews) all signed contracts as well.

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16 Responses to “Julio Jones signs 4-year, $16.2 million deal with Falcons”
  1. paulitik74 says: Jul 28, 2011 9:52 PM

    Dimitroff was a genius for pulling off that trade, despite the critics. He would have paid twice that if he did this last year. The loss of draft picks don’t sting so bad now.

  2. trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 10:05 PM

    Jones will be a decent player, but that trade was laughably bad.

    Didn’t realize a #2 receiver was the missing link for the Falcons when Aaron Rodgers was dominating that secondary.

  3. kayotiicdat says: Jul 28, 2011 10:17 PM

    Doesn’t matter, Failcants will still be terrible.. Thanks for the laugh, their draft was hilarious as a Saints fan.

  4. brianbowman16 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:22 PM

    My goodness, it is SO refreshing to see that the number 6 overall pick only got 16 mil. that rookie wage scale is gonna be so great for the game of football

  5. ampking101 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:28 PM

    Here’s hoping he pays off. I got faith they know what they are doing. It was risky move but sometimes risky is what is needed to get the job done. Now if Harry Douglas can get a little more practice under his belt we could have a very interesting 4 wide set with White, Jones, Jenkins, and Douglas, with Turner backing it all up.

    Also glad to see that they did sign Akeem Dent and Cliff Matthews. Those are the two positions we need filled badly other than FS.

  6. raqaiw says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 PM

    If dude isn’t Jerry Rice or even Sidney Rice this will’ve been a bad trade. Way too much draft currency exchanged for a guy who plays the most bust-prone position in football. I feel bad for him,he’s got so much pressure on him,and he had no say in it. I guess the guaranteed $$ in his contract will help him, boom or bust!

  7. ampking101 says: Jul 28, 2011 10:44 PM

    kayotiicdat says: Jul 28, 2011 10:17 PM

    “Doesn’t matter, Failcants will still be terrible.. Thanks for the laugh, their draft was hilarious as a Saints fan.”

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    This coming from a Saints (or if you wish to continue the trash talk The Aints) fan is kind of funny knowing that we lost to the Packers (SB champs) in the playoffs. Who did the Aints lose to? Oh yeah that’s right the Seahawks (no offense to seahawk fans). I think I’ll trust the decisions of a GM and Coach that lost to the SB champs rather than the team that almost didn’t make it to the playoffs let alone lost to a team that barely got there.

  8. michaelamericano says: Jul 28, 2011 10:44 PM

    I love the fact that guys are signing quickly now. Good move with the new CBA.

  9. ampking101 says: Jul 28, 2011 11:03 PM

    raqaiw says: Jul 28, 2011 10:31 PM

    “If dude isn’t Jerry Rice or even Sidney Rice this will’ve been a bad trade. Way too much draft currency exchanged for a guy who plays the most bust-prone position in football. I feel bad for him,he’s got so much pressure on him,and he had no say in it. I guess the guaranteed $$ in his contract will help him, boom or bust!”

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    You are half right. Yes a lot will be expected from the fans. However the trades were made in knowledge that this guy has never played a single snap in the NFL and to ultimately be a secondary receiver. With Roddy White as the #1 receiver there won’t be as much pressure on Jones so that he can actually get some good yardage as there would have been if he would have been drafted to a team as a #1.

    See that is where trades like Roy Williams cause issues. They give so much for a receiver then automatically expect him to be a star receiver and put up huge numbers where as Williams was a decent secondary/amazing third string receiver.

    It’s like I mentioned with White, Jones, Jenkins, and Douglas doing their parts and not to forget the very, very talented Tony Gonzales. I think in the end it could very well pay off but only time will tell.

  10. Deb says: Jul 28, 2011 11:07 PM

    @raqaiw …

    Honey, I can tell you he won’t be Sidney Rice and for that you can thank your lucky stars. Sidney Rice sat on his butt when he was told to have surgery in February and waited until time for the season to start, completely screwing his team, which desperately needed him on the field. Then when he was finally cleared to play, he kept sitting on the bench until they told him to get on the field or on IR. No, Julio Jones is no Sidney Rice. He’s the guy who posted those remarkable results at the Combine on a broken foot.

    Julio is a terrific player who knows how to run routes, throw blocks, suck it up when he’s hurt, and play with heart. He’ll be a great addition to the Falcons.

    Congrats on the contract, Julio.

    ROLL TIDE ROLL!!!

  11. stealthhawk says: Jul 28, 2011 11:13 PM

    Thumbs up if you originally thought it said Julius Jones.

  12. We'reFineThere says: Jul 28, 2011 11:55 PM

    the #6 pick in the draft signing for Sproles money. never thought I’d see the day.

  13. mmmpieyummy says: Jul 28, 2011 11:59 PM

    The trade seemed like an extremely poor value at first, but to look at those numbers (4 years, 16.2 million guaranteed) for the number 6 pick is now a fantastic value.

    So far so good on the rookie contracts…the new CBA seems to be working and thank goodness for no more bloated contracts. Let’s just hope this holds to form.

  14. ampking101 says: Jul 29, 2011 12:57 AM

    trbowman says: Jul 28, 2011 10:05 PM

    “Jones will be a decent player, but that trade was laughably bad.

    Didn’t realize a #2 receiver was the missing link for the Falcons when Aaron Rodgers was dominating that secondary.”

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    Dude I’m going to tell you the same thing I tell everyone who tries to bring this up. First of all the first game played between Packs and Falcs (which almost knocked the Packs out of the playoff run) was a win for the Falcons so please stop sounding like a bandwagon fan. Not saying you are but that is what it sounds like.

    In the second game played between Packs and Falcs. Julio would have helped immensely. The only reason the Packs went into the half up by two scores was two interceptions which could have been easily avoidable with more talent down field for Ryan.

    In the beginning of the playoff game, the secondary dominated Aaron Rodgers up until the interceptions which at that point the secondary began to stop playing like it wanted it. That day the Packs played like they wanted it and won and that is the NFL for you. However with out the interceptions that game could have very well been a repeat of the first Pack-Falcon game.

  15. voiceofrealism says: Jul 29, 2011 6:38 AM

    @ampking101…..
    So basically with Julio Jones, if the Pack is willing to play like they don’t want it, the falcons have a chance to win. Oh yeah, great GM work.

  16. roddytorock84 says: Jul 29, 2011 11:20 AM

    Just like you all laughed at matt ryan for predicting 13 wins. Its not at all like aj green goin to the bengals where he is there guy. Julio doesn’t have half the pressure. You got ryan throwing him the ball and roddy taking the double teams. He will be a huge improvement over jenkins. Also they are not stupid. They knew there would be a rookie cap. Do you think they would’ve made the trade if they thought they had to pay 60 mill? No julios talents at 16 mill is an awesome play by our gm. Good luck gettin a #2 w.o for that price with that much potential as a f.a.

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