Justin Chrisopher Blalock was born on December 20, 1983 in Dallas, TX. He graduated Plano (TX) East High. As a redshirt freshman, he started every game at right tackle making 83 knockdown blocks. As a sophomore, he continued his stint at right tackle while earned 1st team All-Big 12 honors with 90 knockdown blocks. As a junior, he earned 3rd team All-American honors, 1st team All-Big 12 honors with 112 knockdowns and 13 touchdown-resulting blocks. He began his senior year at right tackle, but was switched to right guard for the final seven games. He was a finalist for the Outland and Lombardi Trophies, while earning 1st team All-American and All-Big 12 honors as a team captain. He registered 102 knockdown blocks and 14 touchdown-resulting blocks. He endured a 27-game streak without allowing a sack, which was broken late during his senior season. He was originally selected by the Atlanta Falcons in the second round (39th overall) of the 2007 NFL Draft.
Signed by Atlanta Falcons on July 26, 2007 ... Re-signed by Falcons on July 31, 2011 ... Restructured his contract on April 25, 2012.
Signed a four-year contract worth $5 million, including a signing bonus of $1.692 million. He has base salaries of: $285,000 (2007); $370,000 (2008); $460,000 (2009); and $550,000 (2010). His 2007 cap hit is $708,000 ... Signed a six-year deal worth $38.4 million with the Falcons in 2011. Deal included $16 million in guaranteed money, factoring in his signing bonus ($11 million), first-year base salary ($2 million), and second-year option bonus ($3 million). His signing bonus is prorated over five years of the contract, rather than six per new CBA rules. His remaining base salaries are: $2.5 million (2012); $4.5 million (2013); $4.5 million (2014); $4.75 million (2015); and $6.15 million (2016). His second-year option bonus will be prorated over the remainder of the deal. That gives him cap hits of: $4.2 million (2011); $5.3 million (2012); $7.3 million (2013 and 2014); $7.55 million (2015); and $6.75 million (2016) ... In 2012, his restructure reduced his 2012 base salary from $2.5 million to $700,000. The $1.8 million difference was turned into a signing bonus. That reduced his cap hit to $3.86 million, and his future hits to: $7.66 million (2013 and 2014); $7.91 million (2015); and $7.11 million (2016).