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Falcons extend WR Jones 5 yrs., $71.25M

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ATLANTA (AP) The Atlanta Falcons agreed to a $71.25 million, five-year contract extension with Julio Jones on Saturday that compares favorably 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."

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Receiving Yards
Rank Name Yds
1 A. Brown1698
2 D. Thomas1619
3 J. Jones1593
4 J. Nelson1519
5 E. Sanders1404
6 T. Hilton1345
7 G. Tate1331
8 D. Bryant1320
9 J. Maclin1318
10 O. Beckham Jr.1305
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Receiving TDs
Rank Name TDs
1 D. Bryant16
2t A. Brown13
2t J. Nelson13
4t O. Beckham Jr.12
4t R. Cobb12
4t M. Evans12
4t A. Gates12
4t R. Gronkowski12
4t J. Thomas12
10t T. Smith11
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