Ex-LSU linebacker Deion Jones signs four-year, $4.5M contract with Atlanta Falcons _lowres

Advocate staff photo by Ross Dellenger -- Deion Jones and family during an ESPN interview after his selection. His mother, Tahonas, and father, Cal, are seated next to him on the couch.

Cal Jones won’t be driving cabs anymore.

Former LSU linebacker and Jesuit star Deion Jones signed a four-year, $4.5 million contract with the Atlanta Falcons, he confirmed to The Advocate. Jones’ signing bonus was expected to be for about $1.5 million, according to overthecap.com.

Jones’ father, Cal, drove a taxi cab in New Orleans for more than a decade, and his mother, Tahonas, is a restaurant manager at Subway.

Jones becomes the second of five LSU drafted players to sign a deal with his team. Defensive back Jalen Mills, a second-round pick, signed a four-year, $2.4 million contract with the Eagles, according to PhillyVoice.com.

Jalen Mills signed his deal Wednesday. (BRIANNA PACIORKA)

Jalen Mills signed his deal Wednesday. (BRIANNA PACIORKA)

Atlanta selected Jones with the 52nd overall pick and 21st pick in the second round, sending family and friends into an outburst at a watch part in Harvey. A three-year reserve and special teams star, Jones only moved into a starting role as a senior last year. His stock climbed over the last four months, including an impressive showing at the senior bowl, a solid NFL combine and an LSU pro day in which he ran a 4.3-second 40-yard dash.

Three drafted LSU players have not yet signed: offensive lineman Jerald Hawkins (fourth round, Steelers), defensive back Rashard Robinson (fourth round, 49ers) and offensive lineman Vadal Alexander (seventh round, Raiders).

Several others have signed undrafted free agent deals, including linebacker Lamar Louis (Eagles), tight end Dillon Gordon and snapper Reid Ferguson.

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