The Atlanta Falcons are just a few seasons removed from becoming NFC Champions and making an appearance in the Super Bowl. Not only that, but the Falcons were an insane New England Patriots comeback away from securing a title as well, which seemed to deflate the NFC South franchise going forward.
With the Falcons continuing to falter and not even reach the postseason as a result of the 2018-19 campaign, it appears as though the team must retain all the talent already under its umbrella. According to Vaughn McClure of ESPN, the Falcons could be gearing up to make Julio Jones the league’s highest-paid wide receiver sooner rather than later.
“The Falcons make Julio Jones the league’s highest-paid wide receiver at $20 million per year,” writes McClure. “GM Thomas Dimitroff already said Jones’ contract would be addressed with two years and $26.4 million remaining. Jones’ current average of $14.25 million ranks 11th among receivers, with Odell Beckham Jr. topping the list at $18 million per year.”
Jones is certainly one of the best wide outs that the NFL has to offer and has expressed his interest in being paid as such in recent years. While the Falcons have managed to keep Jones happy over the course of the last several seasons, thanks to some pay raises along the way, it may be time to solidify the former Alabama Crimson Tide standout as the league’s highest-paid pass catcher.
If this is to take shape, it is more than likely that Jones goes on to spend his entire NFL career in Atlanta.