NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Wide Receiver A.J. Brown offered Julio Jones his # 11, but the newly acquired Tennessee Titans playmaker turned it down. Instead, Jones will wear the # 2 with his new team.
Brown has worn the # 11 since his rookie year, after originally wearing the # 18 during rookie minicamp.
# 11 until I retire. I tried to give it up and he didn’t take it. respect
– AJ Brown (@ 1kalwaysopen_) June 8, 2021
Looking forward to the future ✌🏾 pic.twitter.com/6PI4h8aKCJ
– Tennessee Titans (@Titans) June 8, 2021
Jones first commented on Tuesday being traded to Tennessee from the Atlanta Falcons, saying in a statement posted on social media that he “will never forget my time as the Atlanta Falcon,” thanking the Titans and their fans for He and his family have received the “warm” welcome.
“Thank you ATL for all the love you’ve shown me over the years. It’s been an amazing 10 years playing for the city and all of the fans. I appreciate everything you’ve done for me over the years and will be mine Never forget time as the Atlanta Falcon.
“I’m looking forward to the next part of my trip here in Nashville. To the fans, I’d like to thank all of you for the warm welcome to me and my family. We are very excited to be part of the Titans family.
“Ready to work!”
It’s no surprise that Brown Jones would offer his number, considering how much he went into making the Titans trade for the 10 year old veteran. Brown has always admired and studied Jones since joining Ole Miss when wide receiver coach Jacob Peeler made cutups for him so he could see them.
“He’s a big receiver like me, but what makes him special is that he drives routes like a smaller guy,” Brown told ESPN on Sunday. “For me, he taught me everything in college and didn’t even know it. I didn’t know him then and just watched him.”
Brown wore the number 1 on Ole Miss and was considering making that number his number when the NFL made rule changes to allow players other than quarterbacks, punters, and kickers to wear single-digit numbers. He would ask Warren Moon’s permission to wear the discarded # 1 jersey. But that was before he discovered how important Moon was to the Oilers / Titans organization.
“I was just about to pester you and ask you if I could wear the number 1 anyway until I read your bio … I don’t even deserve tbh.” he tweeted In April. “Thanks for everything you did for the game. Legend !! Greetings !!”
@ WMoon1 I was just about to harass you and ask you if I could still wear the number 1 until I read your biography 😳I don’t even deserve tbh. Thank you for all you have done for the game. Legend!! Greeting!!
– AJ Brown (@ 1kalwaysopen_) April 21, 2021
The Titans absorbed Jones’ cap number of $ 15.3 million after quarterback Ryan Tannehill agreed to restructure his contract to create a cap of over $ 15 million. Tannehill now has a cap hit of $ 41.8 million in 2022 and a cap hit of $ 39.8 million in 2023. Jones will have a cap hit of 11 for each of the next two seasons, Have $ 5 million.