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Julio Jones traded to Titans from Falcons

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons have finally found a trade partner for Julio Jones, and the All-Pro wide receiver is heading to Tennessee.

The Falcons have agreed to trade Jones to the Titans, the team confirmed on Sunday. Atlanta will get a second-round pick in next year’s draft and swap its 2023 sixth-round pick for Tennessee’s 2023 fourth-round pick.

The Titans emerged as the frontrunner for Jones last week. Several teams had expressed interest, but the Falcons may have allowed Jones to have some input in the trade if the offers were similar.

Jones, who is 32, had said he wanted to go to a team that would give him a chance to win. The Titans should fit that description, and Ryan Tannehill seems like the type of quarterback Jones wanted to play with.

With Jones and A.J. Brown on the outside, Tennessee’s passing attack should be one of the best in the league in 2021.

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Report: Julio Jones wants to be traded to team with this type of QB

Julio Jones

Julio Jones doesn’t exactly have a lot of say in who he gets traded to, but if it were up to him, it sounds like the Atlanta Falcons wide receiver has a specific type of quarterback in mind.

According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler, Jones would prefer to be dealt to a team with a “big-armed QB” that can connect on a deep ball, allowing Jones to get behind the secondary.

There are a number of contenders with quarterbacks that fit that mold. It’s also fair to say that this could rather easily be seen as a bit of a lack of trust in Matt Ryan to do this for him anymore.

We’ve heard about another quarterback that Jones reportedly wants to play with, though he’s not necessarily who you’d think of when considering quarterbacks with the biggest arms.

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Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce seem to want the Chiefs to acquire Julio Jones

Julio Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs have all kinds of offensive talent, but some members of the team seem quite eager to add another big name to the mix.

In separate interviews recently, Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and wide receiver Tyreek Hill both expressed their interest in playing with Julio Jones, who is likely to be traded by the Atlanta Falcons.

“I’ll tell you what, I’m intrigued,” Kelce said of playing with Jones on ESPN’s “NFL Live,” via Pete Grathoff of the Kansas City Star. “My eyes are open, I’m peeking at the headlines seeing where it goes. Listen, that’s a game-changer when you talk about guys that can make plays anywhere on the field, full route tree no matter where you put him. I mean that’s a guy that changes the game and changes teams, so I’m interested to see where he lands.”

Speaking at his youth football camp on Friday, Hill echoed similar sentiments.

“If I could play alongside Julio Jones, that would be amazing,” Hill said, via Taylor Eldridge of the Kansas City Star. “I was in high school when he was doing his thing at Alabama, and I’ve been a fan ever since. How big he is, how fast he is and how dominant he is, we all know Julio is arguably the best in the game. If I’m able to play alongside Julio, I would love it.”

The Chiefs would certainly be something with Jones in the lineup. His contract is definitely a hindrance, and the team hasn’t really been linked with Jones, but it would certainly be fun to watch.

It sounds like one of Kansas City’s AFC rivals might end up landing Jones instead.

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Falcons holding firm on Julio Jones asking price?

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The Atlanta Falcons have discussed a potential Julio Jones trade with multiple teams, but there have been reports that their asking price has been viewed as unrealistic. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are going to lower it.

The Falcons told at least one team that they want a first-round pick plus players for Jones, according to Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. That report is consistent with what an NFL source told ESPN’s Josina Anderson on Tuesday.

In addition to the compensation issues, teams may also be struggling with the reality that Jones could soon want a new contract. While he’s an All-Pro receiver, it’s hard to justify giving up a first-round pick and then giving a player a raise, especially one who is 32.

Trade talks involving Jones should heat up this week, as the Falcons can save more than $15 million against the salary cap if they trade him on Wednesday or beyond. There seems to be some consensus that one team is the favorite, though there are several still involved.

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This team is reportedly viewed as the frontrunner for Julio Jones

Julio Jones

It does not appear that things are any closer to a Julio Jones trade, but there does appear to be an emerging frontrunner within NFL circles.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Tennessee Titans are viewed within the game as the most likely trade destination for Jones. The belief is that the Titans will ultimately be able to part with a second-round pick to land Jones, though the Falcons have been steadfast in demanding a first-round selection. That reflects the reality that the Falcons will likely have to lower their asking price if they expect another team to take on Jones’ entire contract and open up the cap space that Atlanta desperately needs.

Florio does add that the New England Patriots should not be ruled out, as the organization likes to work quietly and could have something being worked on in the background. However, at the moment, it does not appear they are the leading contender.

Jones remains elite when healthy, and if he can stay on the field, he and A.J. Brown could form a lethal combination if he went to Tennessee. Brown would definitely welcome that, which may make it an even better fit.

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Has this issue caused holdup in Julio Jones trade talks?

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons have had discussions with numerous teams about a potential Julio Jones trade, but they may have to lower their asking price in order to complete a deal. While Jones’ age and injury history are factors in that, his contract may also be a concern for rivals.

A source familiar with Jones’ thinking told Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk that the star wide receiver could very well want a new contract if and when he is traded.

The contract Jones is currently playing under has an average annual value of $22 million, but a lot of that is the responsibility of the Falcons. If he’s traded, Jones will be owed $38.326 million over three seasons from his new team. That is viewed as a bargain for one of the top receivers in the game, but it may not be a bargain for long.

As Florio notes, Jones will likely want a new contract either immediately after he is traded or after the 2021 season. He could see how his first season with his new team goes and then ask for a substantial raise if he has a monster year.

Obviously, we’re dealing with a lot of ifs here. Jones might not even be traded, and one notable team has reportedly dropped its pursuit of the 32-year-old. Plenty of others are still interested, but Peter King of NBC Sports said Monday that he does not believe the Falcons have been offered a first-round pick.

The Falcons will save more than $15 million in salary cap space if they trade Jones after June 1, which is Wednesday. That may not be the driving force behind the discussions, but it is certainly a factor.

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This team is reportedly out of Julio Jones trade pursuit

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As the market for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones continues to heat up, one notable team is backing away from a trade pursuit.

According to Mike Florio of ProFootballTalk, the Los Angeles Rams explored the possibility of trading for Jones, but have backed out of the pursuit for the moment. This is down to several factors, including need and a lack of quality assets to offer the Falcons in trade talks.

The Rams have had cap issues, and do not have a first-round pick until 2024. In addition, the Rams already have the likes of Robert Woods, Cooper Kupp, and DeSean Jackson at the receiver position, so there is no glaring need for them to add Jones.

Even without the Rams interested, the Falcons should have no problem finding a suitor for Jones. In fact, there’s one team that plays with the Rams in the NFC West that could be willing to make the move.

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Report: Seahawks emerge as potential Julio Jones suitor

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons are working to find the best trade offer for Julio Jones, and another team has reportedly entered the sweepstakes for the All-Pro wide receiver.

The Seattle Seahawks have had discussions with the Falcons about a potential trade involving Jones, ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports. Jones and Russell Wilson have also spoken with one another about the possibility of playing together.

Wilson was openly frustrated with the Seahawks earlier in the offseason, and they have since made some moves that appear to be aimed at addressing the quarterback’s concerns. Obviously, trading for a star receiver like Jones would please Wilson.

It seems inevitable that the Falcons are going to trade Jones. They can save more than $15 million against the salary cap if they unload the 32-year-old after June 1, and they are desperate for cap space. Jones also admitted on live TV earlier this week (perhaps unknowingly) that he wants Atlanta to trade him.

If Jones does wind up in Seattle, we know one Hall of Famer who thinks that might be a bad spot for him.

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Report: These two teams could be intriguing suitors for Julio Jones

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A Julio Jones trade looks inevitable, but the teams most interested remain something of a mystery. A new report could give us a clue as to who might be willing to make a deal.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler said on “SportsCenter” Saturday that the name he has heard the most around the league as a Jones trade candidate is the San Francisco 49ers.

“The team that comes up most often is league circles is the San Francisco 49ers,” Fowler said. “They have $17 million or so in cap space to make a deal and a Kyle Shanahan connection, but not a lot of first round capital other than the Trey Lance rookie contract they just did with the trade.

Interestingly, Fowler also named the Baltimore Ravens as a team that would be “willing to get involved if the price is right.” Baltimore has made the wide receiver position a major focus this offseason as the team tries to get more weapons for Lamar Jackson. Jones would certainly be a huge addition in that regard.

There are two other teams that Jones would reportedly prefer to land with, and they’re also at least lurking around the market. One major stumbling block would be Atlanta’s asking price, which may have to come down before some of these teams can really get involved in trade discussions. With the knowledge that the Falcons desperately need to clear cap space in a Jones deal, some of the teams might be willing to wait it out and dare them to stand pat.

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Deion Sanders shares advice for Julio Jones on potentially changing teams

Deion Sanders

The Atlanta Falcons appear to be on the verge of trying Julio Jones, and a situation could arise where they let the Pro Bowler chose his next team if there are multiple similar offers. Deion Sanders has some advice for Julio Jones on how to handle that opportunity should it arise.

Jones admitted on live TV this week (perhaps unintentionally) that he wants the Falcons to trade him so he has a chance to win somewhere. Sanders said Jones is right to want to go to a winning franchise, but he cautioned him against joining a team that plays outdoors in a cold climate.

The Patriots were considered the betting favorite to land Jones as of Friday. While Sanders thinks they would be a good fit for the 33-year-old from a culture standpoint, he obviously thinks the New England weather could present issues for Jones.

Several NFL stars have been recruiting Jones like he’s a free agent, but he does not have a no-trade clause. The Falcons are going to take the best offer, as they should.