Deion Jones, Atlanta Falcons Agree to Four-Year Extension

Deion Jones
PHILADELPHIA, PA - JANUARY 13: Middle linebacker Deion Jones #45 of the Atlanta Falcons and teammates stand as fireworks go off before taking on the Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Divisional Playoff game at Lincoln Financial Field on January 13, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)

Not long after reaching an agreement with Grady Jarrettthe Atlanta Falcons have locked up another key piece of their young defensive core. According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Falcons have agreed to a four-year, $57 million contract with linebacker Deion Jones. This deal keeps Jones in town through the 2023 season.

Atlanta Falcons Sign Deion Jones to Four-Year Extension

Jones only played in six games in 2018, but the LSU product remained an impactful player when active. During his time on the field, Jones recorded 53 tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack, and two interceptions. His extended absence was a big reason the Falcons defense was one of the worst units in football throughout the 2018 campaign.

Deion Jones initially entered the NFL as a second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft. Selected out of LSU, Jones started 13 games as a rookie while appearing in two others. Jones demonstrated an impressive ability to play the run and the pass, as evidenced by his three interceptions, one forced fumble, 106 tackles, and four tackles-for-loss. He started in Atlanta’s 34-28 Super Bowl loss to the New England Patriots and forced a LeGarrette Blount fumble early in the second quarter.

Jones began to establish himself as one of the best young linebackers in football during the 2017 season. Starting and appearing in all 16 games, Jones recorded three interceptions, 10 passes defended, one sack, 138 combined tackles, and 10 tackles-for-loss. He earned the first Pro Bowl nomination of his career and added on another nine tackles in the playoffs for good measure.

This move comes two days after the Falcons agreed to a four-year, $68 million contract with defensive tackle Grady Jarrett. Jarrett was scheduled to play the season on the franchise tag but agreed to a deal hours before he would have been locked into the tag. The Falcons clearly didn’t want to go through this experience again and locked up yet another key piece of their defense.

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