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Agents Take On Next Julo Jones Contract


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Jones is shouldering the load in Atlanta's passing attack with Roddy White being slowed by a high-ankle sprain. He's leading the NFL with 373 receiving yards and 157 yards after catch on 27 receptions. Once White is healthy, the Falcons won't rely so heavily on Jones but he should top his career highs of 79 receptions, 1,198 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns.

Jones faces a different financial dynamic by having Matt Ryan, the NFL's second-highest paid player, as a teammate. When Johnson and Fitzgerald signed their blockbuster deals, they weren't contending with a high-priced quarterback. Although Matthew Stafford received a six-year, $72 million contract (worth a maximum of $78 million with $41.7 million guaranteed) from the Detroit Lions as the first pick in the 2009 NFL Draft, the deal didn't put him near the top of the quarterback market. Fortunately for the Falcons, having one of the highest-paid quarterbacks and wide receivers isn't a unique situation in the NFL. Peyton Manning and Marvin Harrison set the market for their positions with the Indianapolis Colts when they signed deals in 2004. They were both among the highest-paid players at their positions during the remainder of their years in Indianapolis.

It will be easier for the Falcons to handle such a high-priced duo because the five-year, $42.72 million contract extension (with $23.9 million guaranteed and $5 million in base salary escalators) White signed in 2009 expires after the 2014 season. Since White will be 33 years old once his deal ends, another lucrative contract for him in Atlanta shouldn't factor into the equation.

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We could be headed for Detroit Lion territory. I hope not.

Well, it's not like we're sinking a ton of money into many other positions... Roddy will not be resigned for the type of money that he is getting now, TG's money will be off the books and hopefully we will get a nice bump in the salary cap. No way around it, we dang near mortgaged the farm to get the guy, he's playing at the very least 99% of his career in ATL...

Besides, if Detroit wasn't, quite possibly, the most poorly coached team in the NFL, they could be very dangerous. They have actually spent their money pretty well all things considered. They have been able to have some very good d-lineman, just added Bush and overall have a very talented roster.

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Sjax money will be gone

SJax, TG, Nicholas, Samuel, HD, probably Sack Maker and Blalock, Matt Bryant, and Osi money will be gone to.

Basically anyone that is currently highly paid on this team outside of Ryan will be gone by then. Sure some other guys will be getting paid and some of those guys will get resigned but the cap is looking good going forward, even with Ryan and eventually Julio are amongst the highest paid at their respective positions.

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