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Falcons WR Julio Jones says Arthur Blank’s ‘word is gold’ on new contract

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According to Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, team owner Arthur Blank’s “word is gold” on his new contract.

This was what Jones told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s D. Orlando Ledbetter (via Pro Football Talk’s Josh Alper) on June 12.

Nah, man, as far as the contract thing, Mr. Blank has spoken. At the end of the day, his word is gold.

He said they are going to get something done between them and my agency. As far as me, I just hold up my end and stay ready.

Blank told Ledbetter in March that Jones and defensive tackle Grady Jarrett will be “Falcons for life.” Jones is entering the final year of a five-year, $71.25 million contract extension he signed on August 30, 2015. Ledbetter predicts Jones’ new deal will have an average annual value (AAV) of $20 million.

That much should match the projected annual salary of Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver Mike Evans. That makes him the highest-paid wideout in the NFL. Jones’ current annual pay of $13.4 million is 13th in the league, per The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Jones showed up at Falcons minicamp this week. However, he’s not participating fully after working out on his own during the offseason. He told Ledbetter on Wednesday he’ll be ready once training camp kicks off in late July.

By then, expect Blank to make good on his promise of making Jones not only an Atlanta Falcon for life but also making him one of the highest-paid receivers in the NFL.