The Atlanta Falcons have discussed several offers for wide receiver Julio Jones, including an offer for a future first-round draft pick, ESPN sources said Dianna Russini.
Atlanta has asked teams that inquired about Jones for a first-round draft pick in return, ESPN sources Adam Schefter said on Monday.
While Atlanta was in talks with Tennessee, a source described the Titans’ chances of landing Jones as a “long throw,” a source told Russini.
Titans players Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown expressed interest in having Jones as a teammate on social media. On Wednesday, Brown posted a TikTok video to Jones explaining why the Titans are perfect for the star recipient.
Julio to Tennessee now! pic.twitter.com/ixZNV7fApB
– AJ Brown (@ 1kalwaysopen_) May 26, 2021
The Jones rumor mill started last month when general manager Terry Fontenot told reporters his team would take calls through the All-Pro receiver. Then, on Monday, Jones said, “I’m out,” when asked about the Falcons on the phone with Shannon Sharpe of FS1 on the network’s “Undisputed” show. It’s unclear whether Jones knew the phone call was televised.
Jones, 32, filed a trade with the Falcons at the start of the off-season in March, but the organization tried to protect him and work quietly behind the scenes, a source told Schefter and has been speaking with other teams for weeks. The Falcons prefer not to trade it on NFC but would do so at the right price, the source said.
It’s likely that Jones won’t start trading until after June 1st due to the salary cap for the Falcons. Jones, whose base salary of $ 15.3 million is fully guaranteed for this season, is set to cost the Falcons $ 23.05 million from the cap in 2021 and cap hits of $ 19.263 million in 2022 and 2023. If the Falcons Jones moved after the 1. The move would offer Atlanta relief against the cap that season as the dead money owed him would be split between this season and the next.
Jones has played 10 seasons with the Falcons, who picked him 6th in the 2011 draft and topped the NFL twice (1,871 yards in 2015 and 1,677 yards in 2018). He made seven pro bowls and was named a first team all-pro in 2015 and 2016. However, Jones had one of his worst seasons in 2020 as he was limited to nine games with 51 catches for 771 yards and three touchdowns due to injury. While his 15.1 yards per catch was his highest average since 2017 and his 75% catch percentage was the best of his career, his 85.7 yards per game was his lowest since 2012, his second year in the league.
ESPN’s Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.