Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons are finalizing a multi-year extension that will make him the NFL’s highest-paid receiver, according to multiple reports.
The deal is reported to be for three years and for a guaranteed $66 million. ESPN reported that $64 million of that is due at signing.
The extension has been expected for weeks and comes the day before the Falcons open the season at Minnesota.
Earlier this week he was asked if he would play the opener without a new deal and he responded, “I don’t know. I don’t know.”
He added: “What I’m trying to do right now is be ready.”
The former Alabama standout receiver was in the fourth year of his five-year contract worth $71 million.
In July, New Orleans Saints’ Michael Thomas agreed to record-setting $100 million deal, making him the league’s highest-paid wideout.
Jones, a five-time Pro Bowler, led the league last season with 1,677 receiving yards on 113 receptions. He has caught 104 or more passes three times while surpassing 1,400 yards in a season five times.
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