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Jonesin’ Up

The Atlanta Falcons announced on Saturday that they and receiver Julio Jones had agreed on a 5 year contract extension. The total value of the deal is worth $71.25 million with $47 million of that guaranteed.

“We could not be more thrilled to make Julio a Falcon for life,” said Atlanta Falcons owner Arthur Blank in a statement. “Julio has established himself as one of the top wide receivers in the NFL during his career and has already set the franchise record for receiving yards in a season. I am extremely proud of what he has accomplished and he has just begun to scratch the surface in terms of his potential.”JonesFalcons

Is he really one of the top wide receivers in the NFL? The Falcons traded up to take the former Alabama star with the sixth overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft. In the four seasons since, Jones has amassed 278 receptions for 4,330 yards and 26 touchdowns. Jones, 26, established a single-season franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards in 2014. His averages of 15.6 yards per catch and 88.4 receiving yards per game are the best in NFL history.

As far as him getting paid like a top tier receiver lets take a look and see. Jones joins Dez Bryant and Demaryius Thomas as top-tier wide receivers to sign lucrative extensions this summer. Jones’ $47 million in guaranteed money slightly edges both Bryant ($32 million) and Thomas ($35 million). But Detroit’s Calvin Johnson is still the highest paid receiver in the NFL and his total guarantee is higher than Jones’s at $48.75 million.

Here are the top 10 NFL receivers according to so you can see how Jones’s new contract compares to the tops in the league. Notice that Larry Fitzgerald has a 2 year 100% guaranteed contract and that the total value of Calvin Johnson’s contract is over $50 million higher than the next closest receiver.

Player Team Total
Avg./Year Total
Calvin Johnson Lions $113,450,000 $16,207,143 $48,750,000 $6,964,286 43.0% 2020 UFA
Dez Bryant Cowboys $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $32,000,000 $6,400,000 45.7% 2020 UFA
Demaryius Thomas Broncos $70,000,000 $14,000,000 $35,000,000 $7,000,000 50.0% 2020 UFA
TY Hilton Colts $65,000,000 $13,000,000 $11,000,000 $2,200,000 16.9% 2021 UFA
Mike Wallace Vikings $60,000,000 $12,000,000 $27,000,000 $5,400,000 45.0% 2018 UFA
Vincent Jackson Buccaneers $55,555,555 $11,111,111 $26,000,000 $5,200,000 46.8% 2017 UFA
Larry Fitzgerald Cardinals $22,000,000 $11,000,000 $22,000,000 $11,000,000 100.0% 2017 Void
Jeremy Maclin Chiefs $55,000,000 $11,000,000 $22,500,000 $4,500,000 40.9% 2020 UFA
Randall Cobb Packers $40,000,000 $10,000,000 $13,000,000 $3,250,000 32.5% 2019 UFA
Jordy Nelson Packers $39,050,000 $9,762,500 $11,500,000 $2,875,000 29.4% 2019 UFA

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