The Atlanta Falcons have signed linebacker Deion Jones to a new contract.
After locking-up defensive tackle Grady Jarrett this offseason, the team turned their attention to securing arguably the leader of the defense, Deion Jones.
They got the contract done a lot faster than any of us would have anticipated.
Falcons are signing LB Deion Jones a four-year, $57 million extension, including $34 million guaranteed, @RosenhausSports tells ESPN. Jones is now tied to the Falcons through the 2023 season.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) July 17, 2019
Deion Jones is one of the best linebackers in the league, and the team made the wise decision to keep him well into the future. Debo is only 25 years old, and although he had a major injury in 2018, he still performed at a top level in six games.
Simply put, the defense isn’t as good as it is without his sideline-to-sideline coverage ability, speed, and knack for timely turnovers. Locking him and Jarrett up and investing resources in the secondary should give the Falcons the foundation for a good-to-great defense going forward.
It’s exciting news, and we congratulate Debo on his deal. He’s more than deserving, and the Falcons were wise to extend another core member of their defense right before training camp.