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Dez Bryant contract should trigger talks for Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons

Now that the Dallas Cowboys and star receiver Dez Bryant have reached a five-year deal reportedly worth $70 million -- with $45 million guaranteed -- maybe the Atlanta Falcons have a better sense of Julio Jones' price tag in a long-term extension.

As we reported earlier this week, the Falcons and Jones' camp have yet to start negotiations on an extension as Jones enters the final year of his contract. There is a general sense around the team that a deal could get done by the start of training camp (July 31) despite the lack of progress at this point.

Julio Jones set a franchise record with 1,593 receiving yards in 2014 despite missing one game. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Jones' situation is, of course, different than Bryant's. The Cowboys placed the franchise tag on Bryant, and Wednesday marked the deadline for the two sides to reach a long-term deal. The Falcons and Jones don't fall under those guidelines right now but could reach such a scenario if no long-term agreement is made before next offseason.

Jones is scheduled to make $10.176 million this year. While every talented receiver would want to join the likes of Detroit's Calvin Johnson, who leads all receiver at $16.2 million per year, the reality is Jones likely won't become the league's highest-paid receiver right now.

Former NFL defensive back Ryan Clark, now an analyst for ESPN, said this about Jones' contract situation following Bryant's deal:

"Players are all worth as much as they'll give them, but I think Julio deserves to be in the Dez range. Definitely more than [Mike] Wallace. If more than Dez, not much more."

Wallace makes $12 million per year with the Minnesota Vikings, by the way.

Bryant's contract seemed to spark (almost immediately) yet another deal for a franchised receiver as Denver's Demaryius Thomas also got a five-year, $70 million deal with a little less guaranteed money.

Just looking strictly at last year's numbers, Jones topped all receivers with 31 catches of 20-plus yards, with Thomas (25) right behind. Bryant topped all receivers with 16 touchdown catches. Thomas finished with 12, and Jones had six.

Thomas had the most receiving yards among the three with 1,619, though Jones set a franchise-record with 1,593 receiving yards while missing one game.

Thomas was targeted more than any other receiver with 111 receptions on 184 targets. Jones had a career-high 104 catches on 164 targets, and Bryant had 88 catches on 138 targets.

Jones vowed not to hold out for a new contract, so we'll see how his scenario unfolds. He is leaving everything in the hands of agent Jimmy Sexton, the same guy who negotiated a six-year, $114.375 million deal for Miami's Ndamukong Suh that included $59.955 million guaranteed.

Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff said he has no lingering concerns at all about the fractured foot Jones suffered in 2013, limiting him to five games.

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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

Prepare to be disappointed. lol

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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

^^^ignorant post. The NFL is made up of marquee/star players - no NFL team has won the SuperBowl with no star players - the Falcons have TWO - Matt Ryan and Julio Jones - they are our cornerstones - letting either walk is an unforced error.

peterpiper, you sir made an unforced error with your comments above.

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Since re-signing him is inevitable, let's do it before the cap skyrockets. And it will

We'll actually have more money to focus on defense and other needs next offseason if we handle it this way

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I love Julio but look at the other teams that have signed these receivers to these big contracts Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, none of these teams are going anywhere. And when you have that much money committed to your QB and your WR it means you have to cut in other areas. And we already have a patchwork offensive line and defensive line and linebacking corp. We need the cash. The goal is to win the SuperBowl not have two stars and a bunch of scrubs. It is to build a BALANCED team.

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I love Julio but look at the other teams that have signed these receivers to these big contracts Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, none of these teams are going anywhere. And when you have that much money committed to your QB and your WR it means you have to cut in other areas. And we already have a patchwork offensive line and defensive line and linebacking corp. We need the cash. The goal is to win the SuperBowl not have two stars and a bunch of scrubs. It is to build a BALANCED team.

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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

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Since re-signing him is inevitable, let's do it before the cap skyrockets. And it will

We'll actually have more money to focus on defense and other needs next offseason if we handle it this way

agreed.

if we learned anything from this NBA offseason spend-o-rama, it is that giving all 32 teams more money under the cap leads to sky-rocketing contracts.......

sign...

Julio...

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I love Julio but look at the other teams that have signed these receivers to these big contracts Minnesota, Detroit, Dallas, Denver, none of these teams are going anywhere. And when you have that much money committed to your QB and your WR it means you have to cut in other areas. And we already have a patchwork offensive line and defensive line and linebacking corp. We need the cash. The goal is to win the SuperBowl not have two stars and a bunch of scrubs. It is to build a BALANCED team.

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Who was New England's $10-$12 million dollar receiver last year?

Seattle's $10-$12 million dollar receiver the year before that when they won the SuperBowl?

How about Baltimore the year before that?

None of these teams spend that kind of dough on receivers? And guess what? They win Lomabardi's. When was last time Minnesota won one? Dallas? Denver? Detroit? name me any NFL team in last 20 years that won a SuperBowl with a high $$$ receiver? Guess what you can't. Because to win a SuperBowl you have to be COMPLETE team not one sided. You don't put that much money into 2 players and expect to win a SuperBowl cause it WONT HAPPEN. HISTORY DONT LIE.

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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

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Who was New England's $10-$12 million dollar receiver last year? Seattle's $10-$12 million dollar receiver the year before that when they won the SuperBowl? How about Baltimore the year before that? None of these teams spend that kind of dough on receivers? And guess what? They win Lomabardi's. When was last time Minnesota won one? Dallas? Denver? Detroit? name me any NFL team in last 20 years that won a SuperBowl with a high $$$ receiver? Guess what you can't. Because to win a SuperBowl you have to be COMPLETE team not one sided. You don't put that much money into 2 players and expect to win a SuperBowl cause it WONT HAPPEN. HISTORY DONT LIE.

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Who was New England's $10-$12 million dollar receiver last year? Seattle's $10-$12 million dollar receiver the year before that when they won the SuperBowl? How about Baltimore the year before that? None of these teams spend that kind of dough on receivers? And guess what? They win Lomabardi's. When was last time Minnesota won one? Dallas? Denver? Detroit? name me any NFL team in last 20 years that won a SuperBowl with a high $$$ receiver? Guess what you can't. Because to win a SuperBowl you have to be COMPLETE team not one sided. You don't put that much money into 2 players and expect to win a SuperBowl cause it WONT HAPPEN. HISTORY DONT LIE.

You're right about that, but they spend that much on TEs, which in this NFL are glorified WRs. Tell me, how much was Graham's new deal worth? How about that extension Gronk a couple years back? Wasn't it something in the area of $54 million over five or six years?

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Who was New England's $10-$12 million dollar receiver last year? Seattle's $10-$12 million dollar receiver the year before that when they won the SuperBowl? How about Baltimore the year before that? None of these teams spend that kind of dough on receivers? And guess what? They win Lomabardi's. When was last time Minnesota won one? Dallas? Denver? Detroit? name me any NFL team in last 20 years that won a SuperBowl with a high $$$ receiver? Guess what you can't. Because to win a SuperBowl you have to be COMPLETE team not one sided. You don't put that much money into 2 players and expect to win a SuperBowl cause it WONT HAPPEN. HISTORY DONT LIE.

Michael Irvin, Marvin Harrison. Cowboys and Colts

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You're right about that, but they spend that much on TEs, which in this NFL are glorified WRs. Tell me, how much was Graham's new deal worth? How about that extension Gronk a couple years back? Wasn't it something in the area of $54 million over five or six years?

Michael Irvin, Marvin Harrison. Cowboys and Colts

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Who was New England's $10-$12 million dollar receiver last year?

Seattle's $10-$12 million dollar receiver the year before that when they won the SuperBowl?

How about Baltimore the year before that?

None of these teams spend that kind of dough on receivers? And guess what? They win Lomabardi's. When was last time Minnesota won one? Dallas? Denver? Detroit? name me any NFL team in last 20 years that won a SuperBowl with a high $$$ receiver? Guess what you can't. Because to win a SuperBowl you have to be COMPLETE team not one sided. You don't put that much money into 2 players and expect to win a SuperBowl cause it WONT HAPPEN. HISTORY DONT LIE.

Gronk is the higest paid TE in the NFL who also happens to be the Patriots best receiver. And now they have the highest paid kicker too. Edited by FentayeJones
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Falcons are making big mistake if they sign Julio to that kind of dough. They have too many holes and WRs are expendable. Plus Julios foot is still a lingering question mark. Falcons need to save that cash and shore up their lines and get them a top notch LB that is a playmaker and not a NFL 2nd stringer.

So u would have them let him walk?

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