Falcons commerce Julio Jones to Titans | The Atlanta Voice

2021-06-07 04:09:59

Julio Jones speaks to a Fox Sports activities reporter after a recreation towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, November 26, 2017 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. (Photograph: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

Sunday morning, the Atlanta Falcons traded star large receiver Julio Jones to the Tennessee Titans, pending the outcomes of a bodily. The Falcons will obtain Tennessee’s 2022 second-round choose and a 2023 fourth-round choice. The Falcons may even obtain a 2023 sixth-round choose.

The Titans will tackle $15.3 million of Jones’s wage this yr, and the rest of his deal. In the meantime the Falcons could have $7.75 million in lifeless cash of their wage cap for the 2021 season. The Titans are presently negotiating a restructuring of Jones’ contract. In line with Spotrac, Tennessee must unlock over $9 million to make the commerce financially viable for this season. The Titans are additionally working to re-negotiate the $19.263 million in ‘22 and 23 owed to Jones.

A 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, Jones has 848 catches, tallied 12,896 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns in his 10-year profession. He’s caught over 100 passes in three totally different seasons, and he had not less than 80 catches and 1,300 yards in yearly from 2014-19, with a median of 104 receptions for 1,565 yards throughout that point interval.

“Julio Jones will all the time be a part of the Falcons story, having set quite a few data and creating many nice recollections for all our followers, together with me, because the day we drafted him,” stated Atlanta Falcons proprietor and chairman, Arthur M. Clean. “He has been a fixture on our workforce for nearly half the time I’ve owned the Falcons. As we each transfer in one other course, I’m deeply grateful for what Julio has accomplished for our workforce and what he has meant to our metropolis and, in my thoughts, he’ll all the time be a part of the Falcons household. I want him nothing however the very best in Tennessee and all through his life.”

As a result of the Falcons traded Jones after June 1, Atlanta now has $15.3 million in salary-cap area and have room to signal their rookie class.

Jones requested a commerce in February, after it turned clear to him the brand new basic supervisor, Terry Fontenot and new head coach, former Tennessee offensive coordinator Arthur Smith, had been trying to take the Falcons in a brand new course. Fontenot figuring out the Falcons had been in a troublesome cap state of affairs, they made their wager to maintain quarterback Matt Ryan and could be prepared to take heed to Jones’s commerce calls for. Nevertheless, there have been no takers through the NFL Draft, figuring out that Atlanta had cap points, and there was no secret across the NFL.

Atlanta Falcons large receiver Julio Jones waves to the followers inside Mercedes-Benz Stadium after an NFL recreation towards the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sunday, November 27, 2017. (Photograph by: Itoro N. Umontuen/The Atlanta Voice)

“We knew after we stepped into this we had been going to must make some powerful choices as a result of it’s simply the truth of it,” Fontenot stated. “That’s the place we’re with the wage cap. So, we’ve to make some tough choices, so we’ve to take a look at all of the totally different choices and all of the totally different situations.”

Jones made it clear he needed to be the ultimate piece to a puzzle on a championship-caliber workforce.

The Titans, primarily based on the not-so-secretive campaigning of working again Derrick Henry and large receiver AJ Brown, turned the entrance runners for Jones’s companies. No less than on social media. Nevertheless, Titans GM Jon Robinson started speaking with the Falcons three weeks in the past concerning a commerce.

The Titans had been eager on including expertise on the perimeter after the departures of large receiver Corey Davis and tight finish Jonnu Smith.

“Julio is a extremely revered participant within the league,” stated Titans Common Supervisor Jon Robinson. “Now we have guys who’ve relationships with him and understand how necessary workforce is to him. Glad they’re fired up so as to add him.

Robinson continued, “Julio Jones can run the total route tree, lengthy, actually good dimension, sturdy w ball in his palms, can nonetheless push discipline vertically, prepared to dig out LB or security, aggressive hearth/spirit, and smart.”

Jones departs because the Falcons’ all-time chief in 100-yard video games (57), single-season receptions (136) and receiving yards (1,871) in addition to the single-game document for receiving yards (300). With a median of 95.5 receiving yards per recreation by 135 profession video games, Jones ranks first in NFL historical past, topping Calvin Johnson’s earlier document of 86.1 receiving yards per recreation.

 


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