Julio Jones is Reportedly Heading to the Titans

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Julio Jones is Reportedly Heading to the Titans

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I’m not sure Julio Jones knew he was live on air when he said he was done with the Falcons. But I’m not sure it was going to matter. Because once that gets out, no matter how, it was only a matter of time before a deal was done.

And now, it seems as if Atlanta is on the cusp of moving an all-world receiver to Tennessee:

ESPN’s Dianna Russini reports at the Falcons and Titans are on the precipice of a deal that would send Jones from Atlanta to Tennessee, “barring any setbacks in the next 24-48 hours.” Ian Rapoport of NFL Network adds the compensation is at least a second-round pick. The deal isn’t officially official. There seems to be small print on the page and minor details to iron out. HOWEVER, it feels like this is just about done. And thus, ends this particular saga.

Jones, 32, is a seven-time Pro Bowler who has two-first team All-Pro nominations under his belt. It has been a prolific career for the Alabama product. Jones has seven 1,000-yard seasons on his résumé, including two seasons in which he led the league in receiving yards. He also has three years in which he led the NFL in receiving yards per game. And back in 2015, Jones led football in catches, receiving yards, and yards per game. The 2020 season was an injury-shortened one for Jones, but that track record is enough to net the Falcons at least a second-round pick for their troubles. Especially considering the salary cap ramifications.

Speaking of which, the Titans don’t have the cap space to take on Jones’ $15.3 million salary. And while Atlanta will clear that, it will come with a $7.75 million dead money hit. Maybe there will be some restructuring of Jones’ deal that will aid in this process. But as things stand, the Titans have just $3,356,220 in available cap space. Moving things around to accommodate a player like Jones will be worth whatever that hassle turns out to be.


Author: Luis Medina

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