New England Patriots

Oct 18, 2020; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) looks on during warm-ups before a game against the Minnesota Vikings at U.S. Bank Stadium.

Julio Jones is one of the best wide receivers in football, but to this point the expectation has been it wouldn’t cost a team more than a second-round pick to acquire him in a trade. His age (32 years old), injury history (missed most of last season with a hamstring issue), and contract situation (signed for three more seasons with a $23 million cap hit in 2021) have all been viewed as roadblocks for the Falcons maximizing their return.

However, it now sounds like at least one NFL team is ready to go all-in for the five-time Pro Bowler. ESPN’s Dianna Russini tweeted Thursday morning that the Falcons “have discussed several trade offers for Julio Jones, including an offer for a future first round draft pick.”

What does this mean for New England’s chances to land Jones? If the Patriots are the team offering the first-round pick, it would be an indication that they’re willing to be aggressive and not let Jones slip away. In the likely scenario that’s not them, and they’re not willing to part ways with a first-round pick, they’ll need to get creative with their offer, which could mean stacking Day 2 picks, or even potentially including a player or players.

MORE: Revisiting past Patriots’ wide receiver trades

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