View full sizeAlabama wide receiver Julio Jones (8) scores a touchdown on a 35-yard run during the first half of the Capital One Bowl NCAA college football game against Michigan State in Orlando, Fla., Saturday, Jan. 1, 2011.(AP Photo/John Raoux)
With a contract in the hands that helped him set receiving records at Alabama, Julio Jones is on his way to training camp with the Atlanta Falcons.
Jones signed a four-year contract worth a guaranteed $16.2 million on Thursday, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, and then the first-round draft choice was able to attend a team meeting.
“Now he won’t miss any practices,” Pat Dye Jr., Jones’ Atlanta-based agent, told the newspaper. “He’s anxious to get to practice. Me and my partner Jimmy Sexton were excited to get it done.”
Jones was the sixth player taken in the NFL draft in April. The sixth player taken in the 2010 draft, Iowa offensive tackle Russell Okung, signed a six-year contract worth $46.5 million, with $29.5 million guaranteed.
As part of the NFL’s new collective bargaining agreement, finalized earlier this week, teams are restricted on what they can pay first-round draft choices, and contracts are limited to four years with an option for a fifth year.
In three years at Alabama, Jones caught 179 passes for 2,653%2