Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones is about to get paid.  According to the Bleacher Report’s Mike Freeman, the 30-year-old is working on a new four or five-year deal with the team that would pay him $20 million a year.

My understanding is the Falcons and Jones are closing in on a deal that would pay him $20 million a year over a four- or five-year contract extension. He would get anywhere from $50 million to $60 million in new guarantees, one source told me.

The deal isn’t done. As with any negotiation, contract talks are always fluid, and things can change in an instant. The talks with Jones could take longer, or fall apart, or continue to proceed smoothly. But the indications are that the two sides seem to be nearing an agreement that will make both Jones and the Falcons happy.

Julio Jones is still performing at a high level and probably was at one time worth $20 million a year.  But that time has passed hasn’t it?  He’s going to be in his mid-thirties when the deal is done and probably a step or two slower.

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