Wide receiver Julio Jones trades from Falcons to Titans

Tennessee will pay Atlanta two draft picks and receive one as part of the deal by All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones

The Atlanta Falcons agreed to trade the star wide receiver July jones to the Tennessee Titans this Sunday.

In exchange of Jones, the Titans will send a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round pick to the Falcons. With Jones, the Falcons will send a selection from the sixth round of 2023 to the Titans.

The agreement is pending a physical examination, according to the Titans.

The players of the Titans, Derrick Henry Y A.J. Brown, had expressed via social networks their interest in having Jones as a teammate. Last month, Brown posted a video on TikTok explaining to Jones because the Titans they would be the perfect place for the wide receiver.

The Titans lost two of their main receivers in free agency, with wide receiver Corey Davis signing with New York Jets and tight end Jonnu Smith signing with New England Patriots.

Jones had been the subject of exchange discussions over the past two months, while Atlanta try to remedy your situation against the salary cap. On the FS1 show on May 24, Jones said, “I’m already out of there,” when asked about the Falcons in a phone call with Shannon Sharpe which aired on the show “Undisputed.” It is not clear if Jones he was aware that the call was being televised.

Jones, whose base salary of $ 15.3 million is fully guaranteed by the campaign, was scheduled to cost the Falcons about $ 23.05 million against the 2021 salary cap, and carries figures of $ 19.263 million for the 2022 and 2023 salary caps. By moving it after June 1, it offers financial relief to Falcons against the cap in the current campaign, because the amount for dead money owed to him is divided between this campaign and the next.

The Falcons they selected Jones 6th overall in the 2011 draft, trading to move up the draft order, and delivering a massive reward to the Cleveland Browns by the possibility of selecting the star of Alabama. Atlanta, to ascend and acquire Jones, submitted his 2011 first-round pick (26th overall), his second-round pick, two fourth-round picks, and his 2012 first-round pick.

JonesThe 32-year-old is the receiving leader for the Falcons in receptions (848) and yards (12,896), and places second, behind only Roddy White, in touchdown receptions (63). His 95.5 receiving yards per game is the best in the history of the NFL, almost 10 yards more than the member of the Hall of Fame, Calvin Johnson, who placed second (86.1).

JonesHowever, he suffered one of his worst seasons in 2020, limited to nine games due to injury, with 51 catches for 771 yards and three touchdowns. Although his 15.1 yards per reception was his highest total since 2017 and his 75 percent catch rate was the best of his career, his 85.7 yards per game was his lowest total since 2012, his second year in the league.

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The Falcons they do have options to fill the void that leaves Jones. Calvin Ridley, whose rookie contract fifth-year option was exercised by Atlanta In May, he will take on the role of primary wide receiver, and a combination of Kyle Pitts –close room, first-round pick from last draft–, Russell Gage, Olamide Zaccheaus and rookie sixth round Frank Darby, they could see major roles with Jones outside.

Information from Dianna Russini, Adam Schefter and Michael Rothstein was used in the writing of this note.

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