New England Patriots

ATLANTA, GEORGIA - DECEMBER 06: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons warms-up prior to the game against the New Orleans Saints at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 06, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

For the last week, one of if not the main talking point around the NFL has been the Atlanta Falcons potentially trading Julio Jones. When having that discussion, fans and members of the media have regularly named the Patriots a potential landing spot.

As it turns out, it hasn’t just been fans and the media having those discussions. According to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi, the Patriots “have had internal discussions about the wide receiver.” Giardi adds that “the seriousness of those discussions weren’t made known to me so I shall not speculate.”

Jones is coming off a season that saw him play just six games due to a hamstring injury. However, he proved to be durable before that, and in 2019 caught 99 passes for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns. He turned 32 in February.

In addition to the injuries, Jones’ contract situation would likely factor into any trade. As things stand right now, he is under team control for three more years, carrying a $23 million dollar cap hit for this upcoming season, with cap hits of $19.2 million in 2022 and 2023. He has $17.5 million and $7.8 million in dead cap in each of those years, respectively.

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