Will Falcons be able to pay Jones what he's worth?

The Midday Show w/ Andy & Randy
June 13, 2019 - 2:34 pm

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Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones, who missed Organized Team Activities (OTAs), has been back at minicamp this week. Jones isn't practicing as he's still rehabbing from a broken foot, he did speak to the media Wednesday afternoon.

Jones is in the final year of his rookie contract and was asked about the business side of the offseason.

"I don’t really think about that. It’s just a matter of enjoying the time that we have together and the connection that we've made through ball. We really believe in the brotherhood, and the time I've had with these guys has been great so far and I don't want it to end to tell you the truth."

Randy McMichael, former NFL and Georgia Bulldogs tight end took one thing away from Jones' comments:

"He's lying about the monetary stuff," McMichael said. "'Yes, I am worried about my money.'"

"You don't want it to end, that's a true fact. You love playing with your brothers. But I tell you what, we can hang out in the offseason. If that loot ain't right, I'm gone. And you don't give hometown discounts on your first contract...you gotta worry about yourself, and that's not being selfish, that's business."

Andy Bunker appreciates that Deion was giving us a glimpse into the realistic fact of what's going on inside his head. But can the Falcons afford to pay him what he's worth?

"He's going to set the market for middle linebackers in the NFL," Andy said. "Deion Jones is one of the best middle linebackers in the NFL, and this defense is made or broken by what Deion Jones is able to do in the middle of it."

But if the Falcons could only afford to pay one next season, which player are you keeping: Deion Jones or Grady Jarrett?

"If I'm picking one of the two, I'm picking Deion Jones," Andy continued. "I hope I don't have to."