The Atlanta Falcons’ decision to fire head coach Dan Quinn heading into Week 6 has led to a ton of rumors around the NFL world relating to potential trades of star players. That initially included quarterback Matt Ryan. We can now add Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones to the NFL rumor mill ahead of the Nov. 3 trade deadline.
“Atlanta is not the appealing job it was two years ago, however. This has the makings of a near-complete teardown, with some people around the league openly wondering whether quarterback Matt Ryan or even wide receiver Julio Jones will be shopped at the Nov. 3 trade deadline,” ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler and Dan Graziano reported Tuesday.
Trade rumors surrounding Julio Jones have not been uncommon in recent years. However, the Falcons’ decision to sign Jones to a three-year, $66 million extension back in Sept. of 2019 complicates things further. They would be taking on a huge salary cap hit by trading the future Hall of Famer, potentially demanding more in a Jones trade in the process.
As for Jones, he continues to play at a high level. In Atlanta’s first win of the season this past weekend against the Vikings, Jones recorded eight receptions for 137 yards and two touchdowns. That came after the 31-year-old receiver dealt with some injuries earlier in the season.
If the Jones’ trade suggestions were to lead to something ahead of the NFL trade deadline, there’s a number of teams who would be interested in his services. Here, we look at the five most-likely Julio Jones trade scenarios with just a few days remaining until the deadline.
5 Atlanta Falcons Rumors:
Falcons trade Julio Jones to the Patriots
To say that New England needs an upgrade at wide receiver for Cam Newton would be an understatement. Heading into Week 7, Julian Edelman is the team’s leading pass-catcher with 20 receptions. He also leads the NFL in drops and has been extremely inconsistent following the departure of Tom Brady in free agency. Now that Edelman is out indefinitely with a knee injury, there’s even more concern here.
The Patriots have an ability to acquire someone of Julio Jones’ ilk. It could start with them offering up 2019 first-round pick N’Keal Harry as well as multiple draft picks. While Harry has not panned out in New England, he’s still young and boasts a tremendous amount of upside. The Falcons could then team Harry up with stud young receiver Calvin Ridley.
Falcons trade Julio Jones to the Raiders
It’s not a secret that Raiders head coach Jon Gruden fancies himself some big-name pass catchers. Just ask Antonio Brown, who failed to pan out for this team after a trade ahead of the 2019 NFL season. Rumors will certainly pick up in this regard ahead of the trade deadline, especially with Las Vegas’ current crop of young receivers failing to step up.
The Raiders find themselves at a surprising 3-3 on the season. They have already defeated the likes of the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs. This team looks like a legit playoff contender. It would not be a surprise if rumors linking Jones to Vegas heat up soon. It just makes too much sense.
Falcons trade Julio Jones to the Titans
What better way to help Ryan Tannehill continue his MVP-caliber season than to add one of the NFL’s best wide receivers to the mix? Tannehill has the Titans at 5-1 on the season. They are averaging a robust 31.3 points per game. For his part, Tannehill is completing 70% of his passes for 1,590 yards with 15 touchdowns and two interceptions.
Fresh off a surprise appearance in the AFC Championship Game, these Titans look like the real deal. Adding Julio Jones to the mix for young receiver Corey Davis and draft-pick compensation could make a ton of sense. Expect talks to pick up in this regard ahead of the NFL trade deadline.
Falcons trade Julio Jones to the Seahawks
Seahawks general manager John Schneider has never been bashful about going after top-end players. Just recently, Seattle dealt away multiple first-round picks to the New York Jets for All-Pro safety Jamal Adams. While that might limit what the Seahawks could offer up in a trade, there’s no reason to believe Schneider won’t kick the tires on a potential Julio Jones trade.
Any talk linking Jones to the Pacific Northwest would likely have to include stud young pass catcher D.K. Metcalf heading to Georgia. From there, the Falcons would want a couple higher-round picks to help rebuild a horrible defense. Would this rumor make a ton of sense given the Seahawks’ lack of draft picks? I am not too sure. But it’s fun to think about Julio Jones catching passes from MVP front runner Russell Wilson.
Falcons trade Julio Jones to the Dolphins
It’s now officially Tua time in South Beach. The Dolphins just recently named rookie top-five pick Tua Tagovailoa as their new starting quarterback. This seems to suggest that Miami general manager Chris Grier believes the future is now.
If that is indeed the case, adding Julio Jones to the mix could make a ton of sense. He would give Tua that legit No. 1 receiving option to team up with DeVante Parker, helping the young quarterback in the process. Miami also has a ton of draft capital to make a trade of this ilk work. This would likely be one of the biggest rumors leading up to the NFL trade deadline should Jones remain on the block.
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