The Atlanta Falcons have agreed to swap star wide receiver Julio Jones for the Tennessee Titans on Sunday.
In exchange for Jones, the Titans will send a draft pick for the second round in 2022 and a selection for the fourth round in 2023 to the Falcons. Together with Jones, the Falcons will send a sixth round selection to the Titans in 2023.
The deal is still pending, a physical one, the Titans said.
“I’m excited to welcome Julio to the football team. He’s excited to be part of what we have to do in Nashville. It’s a great day for our team,” said Titans general manager Jon Robinson told reporters on Sunday.
Robinson said talks started on Saturday before the two teams could agree on terms on Sunday. Aside from Jones passing a physical exam, Robinson said the Titans are still busy trying to bring Jones’ contract below their salary cap. Robinson pointed out that this would likely be done through restructuring of contracts rather than cutting back on players.
Robinson said that once he and the team’s coaches learned that Jones was available, they began assessing his potential suitability for the Titans.
“He’s big, he’s fast, he’s tough, he’s great with the ball in his hands, a willing blocker. I think there are a lot of things we ask our receivers to do … open, catch and block – he checks this in any case. ” Boxing and did it at a high level in the National Football League, “he said.
Titans players Derrick Henry and A.J. Brown has posted an interest in having Jones as a teammate on social media. At the end of last month, Brown posted a TikTok video to Jones This explains why the Titans are perfect for the star receiver.
Several Titans players expressed excitement for the trade on Twitter on Sunday, including Taylor Lewan, who welcomed Robinson, and quarterback Ryan Tannehill. brown shared a photo on Twitter of yourself, Jones and Henry, all in Tennessee jerseys, and write, “Please excuse my language when I say you are all done.”
J Rob is a gangster !! The man is crushing it! @Titans
– Taylor Lewan (@ TaylorLewan77) June 6, 2021
– Ryan Tannehill (@ ryantannehill1) June 6, 2021
The Titans lost two of their top pass catchers in Free Agency as wide receiver Corey Davis signed for the New York Jets and tight end Jonnu Smith signed for the New England Patriots.
Tennessee’s chances of winning the Super Bowl at Caesars Sportsbook by William Hill improved from 35: 1 to 30: 1, while his chances of winning the AFC improved from 18: 1 to 15: 1. Meanwhile, the Titans’ chances of winning the AFC South improved from +120 to +110, linking them to the Indianapolis Colts.
Jones has been the subject of trade talks for the past two months as Atlanta seeks to improve the wage cap situation. On FS1 on May 24th, Jones said, “I’m out,” when asked about the Falcons on the phone with Shannon Sharpe on the network’s Undisputed show. It’s unclear whether Jones knew the call was televised.
Jones, whose base salary of $ 15.3 million is fully guaranteed for this season, should cost the Falcons $ 23.05 million in 2021 against the cap and has cap hits of $ 19.263 million in Falcons relief in 2022 and 2023 against the cap this season as the dead money due to him would be split between this season and the next.
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– Atlanta Falcons (@AtlantaFalcons) June 6, 2021
The Falcons ranked Jones sixth overall in 2011 and sent several picks to Cleveland to be able to stand out in Alabama. Atlanta, when it rose to take over Jones, traded its first-round pick (26th overall) in 2011, its second-round pick, two fourth-round picks, and its 2012 first-round pick.
Jones, 32, is the Falcons career leader in catches (848) and yards (12,896) and ranks second in touchdown receptions (63) behind Roddy White. His 95.5 yards per game is the best average per game in NFL history, nearly 10 full yards better than Hall of Famer Calvin Johnson, who is second in the first ballot (86.1).
“Julio Jones will always be a part of Falcons history as he has broken numerous records and created many great memories for all of our fans including me since the day we drafted him,” said Falcons owner Arthur Blank in a statement. “He’s a fixture on our team almost half the time I’ve owned the Falcons. As we’re both going in a different direction, I’m deeply grateful for what Julio has done for our team and what he has done for us our city has meant and “I think he will always be part of the Falcons family. I wish him all the best in Tennessee and his whole life.”
Jones had one of his worst seasons in 2020, 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 since 2017 and his 75 percent 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.
The Falcons have the option to replace Jones. Calvin Ridley, whose fifth year Atlanta option was assumed in May, will slip into the No. 1 role, and a combo of first-round pick Kyle Pitts, Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus and six-round pick Frank Darby for 2021 could be bigger roles with Jones elsewhere.
ESPN’s Dianna Russini, Adam Schefter and Michael Rothstein contributed to this report.