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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 06: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons makes the second quarter reception against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

As Julio Jones trade rumors pick up steam ahead of the 2021 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots are one of the teams mentioned as a possibility.

Peter King mentioned in his “Football Morning In America” column for Pro Football Talk that he wouldn’t be surprised by the Falcons “putting the framework of a trade together” for Jones, and designating it a post-June 1 trade to spread out his cap hit over the next two seasons. Albert Breer said something similar for The MMQB: “It wouldn’t shock me if Julio Jones gets traded at some point this offseason.” Ian Rapoport became the third NFL insider to report on it when he tweeted Monday morning that the Falcons “have received calls” on Jones from teams that are cognizant of their cap situation.

King mentioned the Patriots, Raiders, Titans, and Ravens as teams to watch for in a possible Jones trade.

The reports differ on the potential cost. Breer says first-round pick, King says a future second with nothing from the 2021 draft. It all adds up to a trade that may not happen during the NFL Draft, but could be a possibility anywhere from now until June 2.

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