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Top Deion Jones News

  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Restructures contract

    Atlanta restructured Jones' (shoulder) contract Tuesday to create cap room, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Part of Jones' salary, $8.5 million, was converted to a bonus, creating $6.8 million of cap space. The 27-year-old linebacker, who is currently on the Falcons' injured reserve list, is under one of the most expensive contracts for a linebacker in the NFL ($14.25 million per year). There was some speculation this offseason that a retooling Atlanta team might try to trade him away in 2022, but for now, Jones will have to wait until at least Week 5 to play anywhere.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Placed on IR due to shoulder injury

    The Falcons placed Jones (shoulder) on injured reserve Thursday, Josh Kendall of The Athletic reports.

    Jones underwent shoulder surgery in May and was sidelined for the majority of training camp, returning to play 13 defensive snaps in the team's preseason finale. However, he appears to have suffered a setback and will now be forced to miss at least the first four games of the regular season. He's set to make a team-high $20 million in 2022, and with the Falcons in the midst of a rebuild, it was speculated that Jones could possibly be traded this offseason, though it appears like the lingering shoulder issue has halted those talks for the time being. In his absence, expect Nick Kwiatkoski and Troy Andersen to be the primary backups to Mykal Walker and Rashaan Evans.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Headed to IR

    Jones (undisclosed) was placed on the Falcons' injured reserve Thursday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official site reports.

    Jones was sidelined for all but one of Atlanta's games this preseason while recovering from May shoulder surgery. Now, the linebacker will be forced to miss at least the first four games of the regular season while on the team's IR, though it's unclear if it's due to this same injury. With Jones sidelined to open the regular season, the Falcons also re-signed Nick Kwiatkoski to help bolster the team's corps of inside linebackers behind presumptive starters Mykal Walker and Rashaan Evans.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Suits up for first preseason game

    Jones (shoulder) played 13 defensive snaps in Atlanta's preseason finale Saturday.

    Jones saw game action for the first time since undergoing shoulder surgery in May, albeit in a limited number of snaps. The 27-year-old linebacker recorded 137 tackles (11th most in the NFL) to go along with two sacks over 16 games last year, though he has been the center of trade speculation this offseason due to his team-high $20 million salary in 2022. Nevertheless, Jones' availability in the preseason is an encouraging sign for his health no matter what team he ultimately plays for this regular season.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Returns to practice Wednesday

    The Falcons activated Jones (shoulder) from the active/PUP list Wednesday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Jones practiced Wednesday for the first time since undergoing surgery in May, but he was limited to reserve duties as he works his way back to full strength. The 2016 second-round pick is set to make a team-high $20 million in 2022, plus the Falcons signed and drafted a number of inside linebackers this offseason, so Jones is believed to be a trade candidate. However, if healthy and still on the team, he figures to be among the league leaders in tackles once again.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Nearing return

    Jones (shoulder) said Thursday that he is "getting close" to coming off the Falcons' PUP list this preseason, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Jones was seen on Atlanta's practice field for the first time Thursday since landing on the team's PUP list at the opening of training camp, per Ledbetter. The 27-year-old, who is set to earn a team-high $20 million salary in 2022, underwent shoulder surgery in May, thus leaving Rashaan Evans and Mykal Walker to take over Atlanta's first-team reps at inside linebacker this offseason. Falcons head coach Arthur Smith also said, "we have him every day working," though he still refused to place a timeline on Jones' official return to the field heading into the regular season.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Receives PUP designation

    Jones (shoulder) was placed on the Falcons' physically unable to perform list Thursday, Michael Rothstein of ESPN.com reports.

    Jones' placement on this list heading into the start of training camp is essentially a roster-move formality after he underwent shoulder surgery in May. The linebacker is expected to miss the entirety of the offseason while recovering from this procedure, and he could be in jeopardy of either being traded or released heading into the regular season. Trading Jones during this offseason could be difficult given the uncertainty of his current health situation.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Will miss offseason due to surgery

    Jones underwent shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the entire offseason, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

    Jones is due a team-high $20.05 million in 2022, and there's rumors that Atlanta is planning on releasing or trading the linebacker this offseason in an attempt to expedite the rebuild process. However, regardless of where he ends up, his availability for the start of the year has quickly become the top story of his offseason.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Role with ATL isn't secured

    Jones isn't expected to start the season in Atlanta, Jeff Schultz of the Athletic reports.

    Jones is due a team-high $20.05 million in 2022, and according to Schultz, the possibility he doesn't start the season with Atlanta is "almost certain." Cutting Jones before June 1 wouldn't save the Falcons any money, but if they cut him post-June 1, they'd save $1.07 million in 2022 and would have him off the books for 2023. However, trading the 2016 second-round pick appears to be the team's preference as long as the deal would transfer most of Jones' financial guarantees, but that appears to be a steep sell for an aging linebacker. Regardless, Jones finished his sixth season in the NFL with 137 tackles (one shy of his career high) and two sacks and could certainly provide a defensive boost to a playoff contender if he is indeed moved by Atlanta at some point in the future.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Pedestrian performance in finale

    Jones made six tackles (four solo) during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

    Jones finished his sixth season in the league with 137 tackles (one shy of his career high), two sacks and one forced fumble. The 2016 second-round pick has recorded at least 100 tackles in every season of his career expect for 2018, when he appeared in only six games. Jones' 2022 contract is fully guaranteed, so he's expected to be back in the middle of Atlanta's defense next season.

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  • Falcons' Deion Jones: Double-digit tackes in win

    Jones had 10 tackles (eight solo) and one pass deflection during Sunday's 20-16 win over the Lions.

    Jones notched his first double-digit tackle performance since Week 9. Through 14 games this season, the 27-year-old linebacker has totaled 123 tackles, six pass deflections, two sacks and one forced fumble. Jones remains a reliable option in most IDP formats and will have an interesting matchup with the Bills in Week 17.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 222 lbs
Birthplace: New Orleans, LA
Age: 27
School: LSU
Experience: 7