Julio Jones is expected to push the receiver market to $22 million per year

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Falcons receiver Julio Jones arguably is the best in the league at what he does. He’s about to be paid better than any other person who ever has played the position.

Ian Rapoport of the NFL reports that Jones’ new contract extension will pay out roughly $66 million over three years. That’s $22 million in new money.

And that meshes with rumors that had been trickling around the league in recent days. We’d actually heard that Jones could make as much as $23 million per year.

Even at $22 million, Jones would push the new-money bar more than $2 million higher.

Given the money remaining on his current contract, the new five-year deal will pay Jones $87 million over five years, if the extension is indeed worth $66 million over three years.

Jones’ current deal averages $15 million annually; his desire for a new contract coincided with (not coincidentally) quarterback Matt Ryan getting $30 million per year.

24 responses to “Julio Jones is expected to push the receiver market to $22 million per year

  1. A bit much of the cap for a receiver, but Jones is a good guy who has never caused problems that I’m aware of. Better this much for Jones than paying someone like Tyreek Hill or Antonio Brown a single penny.

  2. He’s great but it’s easier for opposing defenses when you put that many of your cap-eggs into a single cap-basket – and it will be the opposite of solving your team’s overall lack of depth.

  3. Love the guy but that’s probably not the winning formula, to devote that much cap space to a WR. Offensive and defensive lines, QB, corners…and then just look for WRs who can follow instructions and run where you need them to run -that’s what the Pats have done for most of Brady’s tenure.

  4. AJ isn’t worth 20 a year. Love him but he’s always hurt lately and he tends to disappoint in big games. He’s lucky everyone always blames Dalton

  5. Maybe it would be better to change the wording to say he’s changing the market for WR’s who have caught passes for 8,000 yards (average 1,600) over the last five seasons, or WR’s who have had over 1,400 yards receiving five years in a row. I’m not sure their are that many WR’s in Julio’s market. Also, it might be appropriate to add that he’s not a distraction.

  6. Not sure this was a good idea. He’ll be 35 at the end of this deal. Great player but hard to imagine him defying age and still being an elite #1 WR towards the end of this contract. Definitely don’t blame him for taking it if they’re willing to pay that kind of money though.

  7. The Fslcon’s were $4.2 m over the cap before this signing, can someone go over this deal and how it impacts their cap space? I’m guessing the large signing bonus helps.

  8. There’s always some foolish team who gives an outlier of a contract
    to mess up the pay scale for everyone else.
    Why guarantee almost all of it? Great for the players, but what if …

    Pretty soon NFL teams will have 4 starters making most of the money
    and a bunch of young guys making the minimum.

  9. charliecharger says:
    September 7, 2019 at 2:55 pm
    Maybe it would be better to change the wording to say he’s changing the market for WR’s who have caught passes for 8,000 yards (average 1,600) over the last five seasons, or WR’s who have had over 1,400 yards receiving five years in a row. I’m not sure their are that many WR’s in Julio’s market. Also, it might be appropriate to add that he’s not a distraction.
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    Jones may not score many TDs but he gets the Falcons to the Red Zone. He is a GREAT rerceiver.

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