Should Packers make a play for Julio Jones?

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It’s clear that the Falcons would like to trade receiver Julio Jones. It’s not clear whether one or more teams want to trade for him.

As previously mentioned, the challenge ultimately becomes striking the right balance between the compensation Atlanta expects and the portion of the $15.3 million guaranteed salary that the Falcons will pay to facilitate a trade. Before that can happen, however, one or more other teams have to want to do the deal.

The reduced salary cap becomes a factor when it comes to finding a fit for Jones. With the cap roughly $25 million lower this year than it would have been but for the pandemic, adding $15.3 million won’t be an easy feat for many of the teams that could use him.

To date, few if any reports have emerged regarding teams looking to trade for Jones. The most intriguing option could be the Packers. Yes, they’re pressed against the cap. But if they can get the Falcons to pay roughly $5 million of the Jones salary and present the possibility to quarterback Aaron Rodgers along with a contract that includes significant guarantees and a no-trade clause, would that be enough to un-burn the bridge?

The Packers likely would need to perform other salary-cap prestidigitation in order to make it all work. (A Davante Adams restructuring would be the easiest way to do it, given an eight-figure salary that can be converted to a signing bonus.)

If the Packers could pull it off, should they? From a football standpoint, the idea of Rodgers, Adams, and Jones together would strike fear in the rest of the conference — and possibly make the difference between the Packers making it to the NFC Championship (again) and getting back to the Super Bowl for the first time in 11 years.

The Packers would have to want to do it. And then the possibility would have to make Rodgers willing to let bygones be bygones and embrace a chance to get over the hump before his days in Green Bay are gone by.

65 responses to “Should Packers make a play for Julio Jones?

  1. Kind of a moot point when you have an unhappy QB and no salary cap. Be specific on how the Packers can do this trade AND give Rodgers an extension, with $2 mil in cap space. It will take much more than redoing Adams’ contract.

  2. Unfortunately it won’t happen. The Packer front office is all about making money, and chasing Super Bowls is farther down the list. Fill the stadium, sell overpriced food & spirits at the stadium, market all trinkets in the pro shop, and be satisfied just winning the NFC North. No owner to satisfy … just keep the income rolling in and all the front office jobs safe.

  3. Why are the Packers like this? Wait until the last possible minute to try to save a broken relationship? They spent years NOT focusing on surrounding a HOF qb with talent and straight up ignored free agency for the better part of a decade. Say what you want about the Jerry Joneses of the world, but at least they totally go all in for their stars.

  4. A Rodgers for Jones trade would be even more intriguing if Atlanta could shift Matty Ice to a third team. Does his contract have a no trade clause?

  5. I sure hope not as it would be a bad move. Packers don’t need an over priced broken down old WR. They need a young one to replace Adams as he is approaching 30.

  6. Besides Atlanta being willing to eat five million, can be stay healthy? Lots of doubt on that front.

  7. Yes! Julio had a down year, but i think he still has some big plays left in the tank. But they can’t give up a 1st round pick. I think giving up a 2nd would be worth it since it would be likely a very late 2nd rounder assuming AR stays put.

  8. No, no, no, for so many reasons. Jones is no longer that good, but would still want to be the #1 WR, making Adams unhappy and harder (and more expensive) to re-sign. Throw in the money for Rodgers, and the Packers would be in a cap chasm for the next five years. Even more important, GB already had one of the top offenses in the league last year and have added the one piece they were missing, a natural slot player in Amari Rodgers. If just having big rep wideouts was enough, Atlanta would have been in the Super Bowl for the last three seasons. Pack will be set once Rodgers gets his money and guarantee.

  9. I’m not totally sure where he’s at but if he can put up good to great stats for even just two years, this move makes a lot of sense. Who cares about what lies beyond Rodgers if you are a Packer fan? Some of you are even too young to know what it’s like (pre 1992??). Not worrying about the “now” is a big part of the problem it seems.

  10. I know that the national media likes to portray the Packers offense as having no talent. Those who actually follow the Pack closely, know that having no talent besides Tae is not the case. Davante, Lazard, MVS, Funchess, Tonyan, Amari Rodgers, and that doesn’t even include Aaron Jones, AJ Dillon and one of the best offensive lines in the NFL.

    Don’t need a aging WR in Jones that someone will overpay.

    And another thing, Aaron Charles Rodgers is not upset over the Jordan Love pick. Aaron gets it. Aaron was pissed over it not being communicated to him properly. Gute has admitted the communication could have better, but didn’t know the board would fall the way it did that night, and things move quickly. Aaron was notified as soon as the trade was made to move up and take J-Love. Notified before the actual pick was announced.

    Bottom line, for this article, no they are not going to make a play for Julio.

  11. If the price is right in a trade, why not? The easy answer would be a low round draft pick, and rework/extend Rodgers contract to create cap room. Of course, that presumes Rodgers remains willing to return with Jerry Krause as the Pack GM.

  12. There is NO WAY the Packers will make this trade. They are too unwilling to make a splash and go all-in. Everyone in the organization operates under a CYA fear and it just never works out.

  13. The Packers were the number 1 scoring offence. There is nothing to fix there.
    If only Aaron would have run it in on 3rd down in the NFC championship this discussion would be moot.
    Packers need more help on defence.

  14. The Packers need offensive line help, and help on defense. WR’s don’t factor on Sunday. They’re fun to watch, and great for your Fantasy team, but elite WR’s are not at all necessary to win super bowls. Not even a little bit. Nothing against Julio Jones. I love the guy. But if you have a salary cap, you can’t waste a ton of money and expect to compete.

  15. I’m not a Packer fan and don’t give a hoot about improving the team, but adding another weapon, if Rodgers work things out with Green Bay, makes a lot of sense. You want to maximize your chances with what you have now. The problem become the salary cap. Somebody will have to give up something.

  16. obangler is typical of “fans” who think the only way to supplement a QB is with a 1st Rd WR.
    Writers who actually follow the team like Dougherty and Silverstein will tell you different. They’ve drafted OLs, RBs, TEs, a Slot, CBs, Ss all to make the team deeper and keep the ball in ARs hands. Yes, a more dangerous WR2 would be great, but he has enough weapons to get the job done (#1 Offense last year).

  17. Maybe in order to take that final step the Packers need a QB that’s “all in”.

  18. Packers or any other team would be crazy to trade for Julio Jones.
    He has never been a durable receiver and he’s on the other side of 30. No team wants to adds gmthat salary to their cap and give up draft picks too. Even If he was a FA I don’t think he even gets a double digit a season offer from any team.

  19. It all depends on how much cap space the Game Show Host plans on eating up when his next contract comes up.

  20. maximusintoxicus says:
    May 21, 2021 at 1:01 pm
    It all depends on how much cap space the Game Show Host plans on eating up when his next contract comes up.
    //////
    Answer: All of it.

  21. The Packers are too busy groveling to Rodgers to have time for anyone else at the moment.

  22. Total waste if Rodgers isn’t in the fold.

    If they convince Rodgers to play for them, and really want sell out for another Super Bowl… its a no-brainer.

    Rodgers has never had a Shannon Sharpe-type peice. My goodness that would be fun to watch.

  23. If the Packers got Jones, I predict Green Bay’s season would still end with a disappointing exit from the playoffs and fans who don’t realize how good the Packers are once again saying he would have won the Super Bowl if only he had some help.

  24. Julio could be part of the answer to get back to a SB, but I think most everyone knows the real answer is team health. A talented and healthy team makes all the difference. Just ask the 49ers or the Chiefs. One had a horrible season due to record numbers of injuries and one had a horrible SB due to some bad injuries in the playoffs.

  25. huge salary, deteriorating health, numbers on the decline the last few years…. go for it, Pack.

  26. Blake Bortles is going to need all the help he can get. Julio could help them sell some tickets, but why would anyone join that circus?

  27. The Falcons must have really hated Justin Fields otherwise they would have moved on from Matt Ryan instead of Julio Jones

  28. charliecharger says:
    May 21, 2021 at 11:53 am
    The Packers need offensive line help, and help on defense. WR’s don’t factor on Sunday. They’re fun to watch, and great for your Fantasy team, but elite WR’s are not at all necessary to win super bowls. Not even a little bit. Nothing against Julio Jones. I love the guy. But if you have a salary cap, you can’t waste a ton of money and expect to compete.
    ———————————————————————————————-
    Yet the top two teams in passing yards both played in the SB. The player with the most receiving TDs played in the SB. The player with the most receiving yards made it one game short of the SB.

  29. Christopher Allan says:
    May 21, 2021 at 1:46 pm
    Yet the top two teams in passing yards both played in the SB. The player with the most receiving TDs played in the SB. The player with the most receiving yards made it one game short of the SB.
    ———————————————————————————-
    Davante Adams had the most receiving TDs: 18. He did not play in the Superbowl. The two top teams in ‘passing yards’ were the Chiefs and the Texans. The Texans did not play in the Superbowl. Facts.

  30. With what? If Rodgers comes back it will be with the bank account of the team in his checkbook. Next year he will kill this team as they let real talent slip out the door due to no money to pay them.
    Hopefully on Monday he says he is retiring or wants a trade and something gets done.

  31. Ummmm hell no we don’t need any old washed up has beens Washington chased those types of
    players for a decade bet Snyder wasted 25o M no thanks i’ll take my chance on the Clemson
    rookie .

  32. Absolutely not, if he was still worth having this talk would not be going on.

  33. Sure make a play for Julio if AR 12 is willing to take a pay cut to afford him

  34. Green Bay already has the best receiver in the league, according to PFF.

  35. Packers literally scored the 2nd most points in franchise history last year, while finishing somewhere ‘middle of the pack’ as far as defense. Methinks defense should be the focal point? It’d be a shame tho if we *gasp* used our 1st round pick on a defender, lest our QB be angry at the notion.

  36. Rodgers? Their Week 1 starter is Blake Bortles. And I’m sure Gutey is already working on making the Bortles-Jones jam a reality. Remember, Davante Adams is going to look a lot less impressive when 12 isn’t throwing to him anymore. Gutey also realizes he has to give Cheese Nation something to lessen the blow of 12 leaving. This could all end up being a really cool next verse in the ballad of Blake Bortles.

  37. No money, barely enough to sign draft picks. Would have to extend Rodgers, and Adams first.

  38. PFF just re-graded the 2019 draft. GB got an excellent while its 3 NFCN competitors received a below average – the worst category. So GB doesn’t need Julio Jones. Maybe the Lions, Bears or Vikes GM want to trade for him. Teeeheeeheeehee

  39. The packers would had made it to the super bowl if bakhtiari would not had been loss

  40. cribbage12 says:
    May 21, 2021 at 7:42 pm
    PFF just re-graded the 2019 draft. GB got an excellent while its 3 NFCN competitors received a below average – the worst category. So GB doesn’t need Julio Jones. Maybe the Lions, Bears or Vikes GM want to trade for him. Teeeheeeheeehee
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Not true. They re-graded the 2019 Packer draft as above-average, not excellent.

  41. RisenAnge7 says:
    May 21, 2021 at 7:21 pm
    Their o-line is why they lost to the Bucs, so, nah
    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    They lost to the Bucs because Jones handed them a walk-in TD after a brain-dead fumble in the same manner and circumstance as another he gifted earlier, and another walk-in TD with one second before halftime because of a myopic coach with too much faith in the wrong personnel. Some would call it lucky. I do, for example. I call Tom Brady the LOAT……..because he is.

  42. Trade for Julio. He’s not what he once was but He’s still a threat and would take some pressure off Davante. You have Davante and Julio on the outside and that opens up the middle of the field for Amari Rodgers in the slot or throw it to Aaron Jones out of the backfield. And the biggest reason I can almost guarantee it brings back Rodgers.

  43. Yesterday I suggested in another article on the Falcons board here that Julio may want to play with Cam based on Cam being from Atlanta and having a club there, and the likelihood Cam and Julio spent time there together and are friends. It was reported an hour ago that Julio wants to play with Cam. It’s like I am clairvoyant or something.

  44. The Packers need defense. If anything, they should trade for Von Miller. 25 snaps per game, pin his ears back and go get the QB.

  45. Packers won’t make the play offs even if Rodgers is there. Too much water under the bridge to salvage the relationship. There will be no “Me and Julio down by the school yard” in Green Bay.🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣

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