The Falcons announced today that they have signed wide receiver Michael Jenkins and defensive tackle Jonathan Babineaux to contract extensions. Both players were poised to hit free agency this upcoming off-season, but their solid play this season merited the team doing their best to prevent their potential departures.
Per the AJC, Jenkins received a four-year extension worth $20 million. Jenkins has started 7 games this season at wide receiver and is the team’s second-leading receiver with 33 catches for 498 yards (15.1 avg) and 3 touchdowns.
The AP reports that Babineaux received an undisclosed five-year deal. He has started every game this year at defensive tackle and currently has 25 tackles, 2 sacks, and a fumble recovery. His 7 tackles for loss this season is currently tied for third most in the league.
UPDATE: NFL.com’s Adam Schefter reports that Babineaux’s contract is a five-year, $25 million deal.