Falcons to Exercise Fifth-Year Option For Julio Jones

It took a little while, but the Falcons exercised Julio Jones' fifth-year option. (Daniel Shirey)

It took a little while, but the Falcons exercised Julio Jones’ fifth-year option. (Daniel Shirey)

There was never any doubt.

The Atlanta Falcons will exercise wide receiver Julio Jones’ fifth-year option, ensuring he’ll be a member of the team through 2015.

What this means is Jones’ salary in 2015 will be the average of the top 10 players at his position.

Jones’ season was ended prematurely last season after just five games. During those five games, he hauled in 41 passes for 580 yards and two touchdowns – I’ll let you do the extrapolation work.

For his short, three-year career, Jones has caught 174 passes for 2,737 yards and 20 touchdowns. There’s little doubt he’s one of the top receivers in the league already.

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