The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that is expected to rank with recent deals paid to other top wide receivers.
The deal, announced by the team before Saturday night's preseason game at Miami, was expected. Owner Arthur Blank recently said an agreement would come soon, and he has consistently said he wants Jones to play his full career with the Falcons.
"We could not be more thrilled to make Julio a Falcon for life," Blank said in a statement released by the team. "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."
Two other top NFL receivers, Denver's Demaryius Thomas and Dez Bryant of Dallas, signed $70 million contracts this year. According to multiple reports, Jones' deal is worth $71.25 million with $47 million in guarantees.
Jones was set to earn about $10 million this year, the last season of a four-year deal.
The Falcons did not release terms of Jones' deal.
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•Redskins left tackle Trent Williams says he has agreed to a new contract. A few hours before the Redskins' game at Baltimore on Saturday, Williams tweeted: "Happy to announce I will be a redskin for the next 5 years. This is a dream come true."