Julio Jones trade details: Falcons offer Titans star receiver for draft picks
The Falcons have found their business partner to take care of wide receiver Julio Jones.
Many reports early Sunday suggested that Atlanta would offer the 32-year-old wide receiver to the Titans. the Falcons and Titans confirmed the trade shortly after the news broke. The Falcons will receive a second round pick in 2022 in the NFL Draft as well as a fourth round in 2023. The Titans will also receive a sixth round in 2023.
Because the move came after June 1, it also allowed the Falcons to create more salary cap space in addition to offloading Jones’ three-year, $ 66 million contract. Atlanta’s social media team also tweeted a farewell graphic for the star wide receiver, who racked up 12,896 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns in 10 seasons in Atlanta:
Julio Jones Business Details
- The Titans get: WR Julio Jones, 2023 sixth-round pick
- Falcons get: Second-round pick in 2022, fourth-round pick in 2023
The Titans were among the favorites to land Jones’ services, as he allegedly wanted go to a team that is able to win now: Tennessee played in the 2020 AFC Championship game and were 11-5 in the 2020 regular season. That move also makes sense as the Titans moved up from wide receivers Corey Davis (Jets) , Jonnu Smith (Patriots) and Adam Humphries (Washington), who represented 192 targets in 2020.
Sports Illustrated Albert Breer reported that the Falcons are not getting any contracts back from Jones for 2021, which means the Titans inherit it in full. Jones owes a salary of $ 15.3 million for 2021, with a cap of $ 23 million. Tennessee has an estimated capitalization space of $ 5.2 million according to Spotrac, the team will therefore have to adjust some of their current players’ contracts to make room for the seven-time Pro Bowler and the two-time All-Pro receiver. A likely candidate for a restructured contract is Tannehill, which, with a restructured contract, could give the Titans nearly $ 20 million in ceiling space.
The move also gives the Titans one of the most physically imposing receiving duos in the NFL; Jones will line up alongside AJ Brown, who publicly introduced the Titans to Jones. The Titans also have running back Derrick Henry to keep teams from selling each other to stop the receiving pair.