After months of rumors and fans trying to connect the dots, the Julio Jones trade saga has finally come to an end. The five-time All-Pro receiver has been traded to the Tennessee Titans, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport.
According to Rapoport, the Atlanta Falcons will be getting “at least a second round pick” in return. While the full deal isn’t yet public, Rapoport described it as “very nice value.” There’s also the matter of Jones’ remaining three-year, $66 million contract, and if Atlanta will eat any of the money in the deal.
UPDATE: The Falcons will receive a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick from Tennessee, who will get a 2023 sxith-round pick back along with Jones, per SI’s Albert Breer. Tennessee takes on the full value of Jones’ deal, with a $15.3 million cap hit in 2021.
The Titans were viewed as the favorites to land Jones for the past few weeks, with the Patriots among the teams closely in contention. Reports had indicated Jones viewed New England as a favorable destination, and liked the idea of potentially playing with Cam Newton. There were also reportedly ‘internal discussions‘ in New England about the 32-year-old wide receiver. It’s hard to say just how much the Titans outbid other teams without knowing the full deal.
Jones now joins what was the fourth-best scoring offense in the NFL in 2020. He’ll be paired with 23-year-old Pro Bowl receiver A.J. Brown as the top weapons for quarterback Ryan Tannehill. The team also has 2020 NFL Offensive Player of the Year Derrick Henry at running back.
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