Uh, Did Julio Jones Know He Was Live on Air When He Said “I’m Out” of Atlanta?

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Uh, Did Julio Jones Know He Was Live on Air When He Said “I’m Out” of Atlanta?

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Trade rumors are starting to percolate around Falcons stud receiver Julio Jones. And when an image of Jones wearing a Cowboys shirt surfaced on the internet, it put all sorts of folks on notice. But now, that’s hardly the craziest part of the story.

On Monday’s episode of FS1’s Undisputed featuring Shannon Sharpe and Skip Bayless, Sharpe took to the phone lines to clear the air with Jones by dialing him up WHILE ON THE AIR … and it does not seem likely Jones knew he was on the air until the very end of the “interview.”

And because anything can happen on live television, something unexpected played out:

It sure sounds like Jones was caught off guard by the television ambush. Even still … Jones made some things clear.

Jones doesn’t expect to be with the Falcons for much longer, saying “I’m out of there.”

He also would prefer to go somewhere he can win. And why wouldn’t he? It’s really been all down hill for the Falcons since blowing that 28-3 lead in Super Bowl LI. Atlanta has just one winning season since reaching the Super Bowl in 2016. I imagine that is weighing on the 32-year-old receiver who averaged 108 catches and 1,633 receiving yards in his previous six seasons before an injury shortened 2020.

And finally, he has no interest in going to the Cowboys. “I ain’t going to Dallas,” Jones said on live TV, even if he didn’t know he was on live TV. “I never thought of going to Dallas.”

The Athletic’s Jeff Schultz recently reported the Falcons would like to trade Jones. And for what it’s worth, the Patriots are already popping up as a team having internal discussions about making such a move. But there are some major hurdles to clear for Atlanta to make this move. Beyond figuring out what a return looks like and how it would impact the current roster, there are real salary cap-related issues here:

And with that, you could probably pump the brakes on your dreams of a Julio Jones trade to Chicago.

Then again, I suppose Bears fans have seen crazier things happen.

UPDATE – The cost of doing business starts with a first-round pick (even if teams around the league don’t think it’ll get there):



Author: Luis Medina

Luis Medina is a Writer at Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at@lcm1986.