The Atlanta Falcons appear to be in a giving mood this week, and it's a wonderful thing. The Falcons opened their checkbook again Wednesday, signing linebacker Deion Jones to a four-year, $57 million deal with $34 million guaranteed according to NFL.com.
The contract will keep Jones in Atlanta until at least the end of the 2023 season.
Jones was outstanding in his first two seasons and became a Pro Bowl player in 2017. As a rookie in 2016, he posted 106 combined tackles and three interceptions, two of which he returned for touchdowns. Jones was a major reason why the Falcons' defense was good enough for MVP Matt Ryan to lead the team to the Super Bowl.
Then in 2017, Jones was even better with 138 combined tackles and 10 tackles for loss. And who can forget his interception to beat the New Orleans Saints on Thursday Night Football.
Last season, he was limited to just six contests because of a foot injury. So much focus was put on the Falcons banged up secondary, it's easy to forget Jones was also out for significant time. But Jones might have been the biggest loss of any to the Falcons defense in 2018.
Having him back for 2019 will be terrific. Having him in Atlanta for four more years is even better.
The Falcons didn't come into the offseason with much cap space, but they've moved some things around and found bargains in free agency to be able to re-sign key core players. Grady Jarrett received a four-year extension this week, and many expect wide receiver Julio Jones is next.