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Falcons, Julio Jones agree to contract extension; could mean A.J. Green deal coming soon

The Falcons giving Julio Jones a massive contract extension is good news for the Bengals and A.J. Green as they look to get a deal done this year.


The year of the wide receiver continues, at least in terms of the kind of contracts that are getting signed by players at that position.

Julio Jones became the latest to get a massive extension done this year, as he and the Atlanta Falcons agreed to a five-year deal worth a reported $71 million, according to multiple media reports.

Jones was the No. 6-overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft, two spots after the Cincinnati Bengals took A.J. Green with the No. 4 pick. Both receivers were set to open the regular season on the fifth-year option of their rookie deals, but Jones got his deal done with just more than two weeks to go until the start of the season.

Does that mean Green will get his extension done soon?

Two other receivers' extensions have come this offseason when Dallas Cowboys receiver Dez Bryant and Denver Broncos receiver Demaryius Thomas each signed five-year deals worth $70 million, with Bryant taking home $45 million guaranteed and Thomas signing for $43.5 million guaranteed.

Seeing that Jones' deal is expected to pay him right at that mark, this only increases the likelihood Green's extension with the Bengals is somewhere in that five-year $70-million range. With days until the regular season opens, expect to see contract talks heat up between the Bengals and Green, if they haven't already.