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Julio Jones not sweating new rookie wage scale

NFL football draft prospect Julio Jones of Alabama talks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL PLAY 60 football event in New York

NFL football draft prospect Julio Jones (L) of Alabama talks with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell at the NFL PLAY 60 football event in New York, April 27, 2011. REUTERS/Bill Kostroun (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL)

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The sixth overall pick in last year’s NFL draft, Russell Okung, got a contract worth up to $58 million, including $30 million guaranteed. The sixth overall pick in this year’s NFL draft, Julio Jones, will likely get a lot less than that thanks to the expected new rookie wage scale.

But Jones, whom the Falcons traded a bounty of picks to acquire, says he’s thinking a lot more about the game on the field than he is about the contract he’s going to sign.

“I love football,” Jones told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “It plays a part, but at the same time I can’t worry about that. It’s out of my hands. The best thing I can do is come out here and play football.”

It will probably come as a shock to some of this year’s high first-round picks how much less they’re making than last year’s high first-round picks. But Jones’s attitude is the right one: There’s nothing he can do about the rookie wage scale, so he should just focus on football.