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Julio Jones reportedly hoping to join one of these two teams

Julio Jones

Julio Jones confirmed this week that he wants the Atlanta Falcons to trade him, and the All-Pro wide receiver reportedly has two teams at the top of his wish list.

Jones would prefer to be traded to the New England Patriots or Tennessee Titans, according to Chris Simms of NBC Sports.

It’s unclear if the Titans will attempt to trade for Jones, but the interest with New England appears to be mutual. A report over the weekend claimed the Patriots have had internal discussions about the possibility of acquiring Jones.

Players from both teams have already begun making their pitches to Jones. Derrick Henry had an enthusiastic response to rumors linking Jones to Tennessee. Patriots offensive lineman Trent Brown also tweeted about Jones this week.

Jones supposedly is open to the idea of playing with Cam Newton. Although, he did say on live TV Monday that he wants to be traded to a winning team (video here). The Patriots finished 7-9 last season and are hoping for a big turnaround in 2021.

The Falcons are said to have a very steep asking price for Jones, so that will likely have to come down for trade discussions to get serious.

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NFL players have funny responses to DeAndre Hopkins recruiting Julio Jones

DeAndre Hopkins

Julio Jones confirmed on Monday that he wants the Atlanta Falcons to trade him, and no NFL player has publicly shown more interest in Jones than fellow wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins. Other players around the league would like the Arizona Cardinals star to ease up.

Shannon Sharpe called Jones during Monday’s edition of “UNDISPUTED” on FS1 and asked if he wants to remain in Atlanta. Jones, who may or may not have known he was on live TV, said he wants to move on from the Falcons (video here). Not long after he made that comment, Hopkins took to Instagram woo him once again.

“Julio remember what we talked about…” Hopkins wrote.

Hopkins’ post drew responses from several other NFL stars. Everyone from Davante Adams to Jalen Ramsey jokingly told Hopkins to back off.

Hopkins also sent a funny tweet last week (see it here) about restructuring his contract so Arizona can acquire Jones.

Jones may not be a free agent, but Hopkins isn’t the only star player who has tried to recruit him. The 32-year-old doesn’t have a no-trade clause, so he technically has no control over where he ends up. Atlanta has reportedly attached a steep asking price to Jones. No matter how badly Hopkins wants to be his teammate, the Cardinals have to be willing to pay up.

Falcons reportedly have steep asking price for Julio Jones

Julio Jones

Julio Jones publicly admitted on Monday that he is hoping the Atlanta Falcons trade him, but there may be one big obstacle standing in the way of that happening — the asking price.

The Falcons are seeking a first-round pick in any potential trade for Jones, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports. Several teams have shown interest, but the steep price is likely why no real progress has been made toward a deal. Teams around the NFL reportedly do not believe Atlanta will get a first-round pick.

Schefter also noted that the Falcons would prefer to trade Jones to an AFC team, but they are open to sending him to either conference if the return is significant.

It had previously been reported that the Falcons may have to trade Jones to get some much-needed salary cap relief. However, we now know that Jones wants out. He reportedly approached the team about a trade several months ago, and he admitted as much on live TV on Monday. You can see that video here.

Jones has drawn interest from at least a handful of teams, but he is 32 and has battled some nagging injuries in recent years. The Falcons may have to settle for less than a first-round pick.

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Julio Jones confirms he wants trade on live TV

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons have been entertaining the idea of trading Julio Jones this offseason, and we now have confirmation that the star wide receiver is hoping that happens.

Shannon Sharpe called Jones during Monday morning’s edition of “UNDISPUTED” on FS1 and asked him if he wants to stay in Atlanta. Jones, who was on speakerphone, emphatically said, “I’m outta there man.” He was then asked if he has a preferred destination and said he just wants to win.

Jones was spotted over the weekend wearing a Cowboys hoodie, which is why Sharpe asked him if he was going to Dallas. Jones seemed to try to downplay the rumors later in the conversation when he said, “I ain’t going to Dallas.” You can see the video below:

It was fair to wonder if Jones knew he was on the air or not. Ian Rapoport of NFL Media says it would not have mattered, as Jones requested a trade months ago. That, apparently, is why the Falcons are listening to offers, though they are also in desperate need of salary cap relief.

There have been several teams linked to Jones. He reportedly has interest in playing with a specific quarterback.

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Here is how Falcons reportedly view Julio Jones trade situation

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons are in desperate need of salary cap relief, and trading Julio Jones may be the best way for them to obtain it. However, it does not sound like they are aggressively pursuing trade possibilities for the star receiver — at least not yet.

ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported on “SportsCenter” Sunday that the Falcons are fielding calls about Jones but are not initiating talks at this point. He said the New England Patriots likely have interest, though they are nowhere close to a deal with Atlanta.

“There’s nothing going on right now. You know, the Patriots typically talk internally about a lot of potential options that are out there. So, I’m sure they’ve had a discussion; nothing moving there right now,” Fowler said, via Bleacher Report’s Tyler Conway. “But a source in Atlanta told me, ‘Look, we are still in the listening phase right now. We are not initiating talks, and there’s still a chance Jones is in a Falcons uniform next year.’ But the Patriots are probably one of several teams to watch here.”

The Falcons could save $15.3 million in salary cap space if they trade Jones after June 1. The Patriots happen to have around $15 million in cap space, and they have been aggressive in adding skill position players all offseason. Jones, 32, is the type of player who could really make a difference for Cam Newton or rookie Mac Jones.

There has been talk that Jones may want to play for the Patriots for a specific reason, so that could eventually come into play.

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Report: Patriots have had internal discussions about Julio Jones trade

Julio Jones

The New England Patriots appear to be at least somewhat interested in trading for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones.

According to Michael Giardi of NFL Network, the Patriots have had “internal discussions” about trading for Jones. The seriousness of those discussions was unclear.

The Patriots have been named as a possible Jones destination because the fit seems to work. They have the cap space to theoretically take on Jones’ $15.3 million salary, and they’re in serious need of offensive playmakers. The price to acquire Jones likely wouldn’t be particularly prohibitive either, with the Falcons in dire need of cap space.

There’s been some talk that Jones might be interested in joining the Patriots for this specific reason. If that’s the case, he’d probably welcome a deal.

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Julio Jones reportedly interested in playing with this quarterback?

Julio Jones

It’s clear that Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones is very much on the trade market, though no clear suitor has emerged yet. One report indicates, however, that Jones might have a destination in mind.

Michael Holley of NBC Sports Boston said on “Boston Sports Tonight” that Jones is interested in playing with New England Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.

“You know who (Jones) really wants to play with? … He wants to play with Cam Newton. He likes Cam,” Holley said, via Darren Hartwell of of NBC Sports Boston. “That’s the other thing: He thinks Matt Ryan has lost a little zing on his deep ball.”

Jones knows Newton well from their battles in the NFC South when Newton was starring for the Carolina Panthers. That said, it’s an interesting stance, especially if Jones believes Ryan’s arm isn’t what it used to be. Newton has looked like a shell of his former self in the past few years too.

The Patriots have been intriguingly linked to a Jones trade, along with several other teams. Jones doesn’t really have any control over where he’s traded to, so if he really wants to play with Newton, he’ll have to hope New England steps up to the plate with the best offer.

Photo: Lisa Ferdinando/U.S. Secretary of Defense via CC-BY 2.0

DeAndre Hopkins sends awesome tweet about Julio Jones trade rumors

DeAndre Hopkins

The Arizona Cardinals have not really been mentioned as a potential suitor for Julio Jones should the Atlanta Falcons trade the star receiver, but DeAndre Hopkins wants to help get his team into the mix.

Hopkins made his feelings on the Jones trade rumors known with a hilarious tweet on Friday. The Pro Bowler said someone asked him at the gym if he would consider restructuring his contract to help the Cardinals acquire Jones. Hopkins shared a GIF that said it all.

Larry Fitzgerald has been contemplating retirement, though some recent news made it seem like he could play another season. Even if he does return, Kliff Kingsbury would almost certainly be able to find a spot in his offense for Jones.

If money is the issue for the Cardinals, a Hopkins restructure could help. The team has just over $13 million in salary cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. Jones’ cap number for 2021 is more than $15 million, and the Cardinals still have to sign their draft picks. Hopkins has a reasonable cap hit of $12.5 million, but it’s possible Arizona could move some money around with him or another player.

We know of at least one other star player who wants Jones to join his team, so the recruiting appears to be just getting started.

Derrick Henry reacts to Julio Jones trade speculation

Derrick Henry

The Tennessee Titans have been mentioned as a possible suitor for Julio Jones should the Atlanta Falcons trade the wide receiver, and Derrick Henry is crossing his fingers that the deal comes together.

Jeff Schultz of The Athletic published a column on Thursday explaining why the Falcons are likely to trade Jones this summer. He listed a handful of teams that might make sense for the Pro Bowl wide receiver, and the Titans were among them. Henry shared his thoughts on Twitter.

Henry is probably speaking for all Titans fans, as Jones would make the team’s offense that much more dangerous. They already have arguably the best running back in football, and A.J. Brown has emerged as a true No. 1 receiver over the past few years. It would be almost impossible for defenses to account for both Jones and Brown.

Of course, the Falcons want to trade Jones because of his massive salary cap hit. The Titans have less than $4 million in cap space, according to OverTheCap.com. That’s why acquiring Jones may be a long shot for them.

Henry is committed to dominating defenders in 2021, as evidenced by the insane workout video he shared earlier this offseason. He’d have even more space to run if the Titans trade for Jones.

Report: These teams may have interest in Julio Jones trade

Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons are in desperate need of salary cap space, and it is widely assumed that they are eventually going to create it by trading Julio Jones. Most teams don’t have the cap space to absorb the star wide receiver’s contract, but there are several to keep an eye on.

Jeff Schultz of The Athletic published a column on Thursday laying out in detail why the Falcons are likely to trade Jones. He noted that any team that acquires Jones would need enough cap space to absorb the 32-year-old’s $15.3 million salary. It would also make sense for the team to be a contender or a young team on the brink of contention. Schultz believes six teams — the Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts, Los Angeles Chargers and Tennessee Titans — fit that description.

The Patriots are one of the most intriguing possibilities. They spent an enormous amount of money this offseason but still have roughly $15 million in cap space. While Bill Belichick tried to address New England’s need for skill players by signing star tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith and wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, Jones could really be a game-changer for Cam Newton and/or rookie Mac Jones.

Schultz was also told by sources that teams could seek to have the Falcons eat a portion of Jones’ salary, though that is not all that common in the NFL.

As it stands, the Falcons do not have enough cap space to sign their own draft picks. Jones’ cap number for 2021 is well above $20 million, and the team could save more than $15 million of that if he is traded post-June. There’s a reason we have heard numerous reports that Jones could be dealt before training camp.

Jones was limited to nine games last season due to injury, catching 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns.

Photo: Lisa Ferdinando/U.S. Secretary of Defense via CC-BY 2.0