Report: Patriots have had “internal discussions” about Julio Jones

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As the Falcons hope and wait for someone to emerge with an offer for the Julio Jones contract, multiple teams undoubtedly have worked mentally and verbally through the possibility. The Patriots, not shockingly, are one of them.

Mike Giardi of NFL Media reports that the Patriots “have had internal discussions” about Jones. In a follow-up tweet, Giardi adds this caveat: “The seriousness of those discussions weren’t made known to me so I shall not speculate.”

That’s an important P.S. The “internal discussions” may have simply been a quick conversation that culminated in a decision not to pursue Jones. Or they may have led to a plan to, at the  right time, swoop in with a take-it-or-leave-it offer. Or something in the wide gap in between.

It’s no surprise that the Patriots had “internal discussions.” Many teams should at least do that. The question is whether those “internal discussions” will lead anywhere.

The Patriots have the cap space to absorb Jones’ $15.3 million base salary for 2021. In free agency, they signed receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, along with tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry.

It would nevertheless be fitting for the Patriots to make the move. When then-Falcons G.M. Thomas Dimitroff considered making a big move up in the draft a decade ago to get Jones, he sought input from his former boss, Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

Belichick advised against it.

It will be interesting to know whether Belichick has sought out Dimitroff’s advice regarding a trade for Jones now — and whether Dimitroff would advise against it.

46 responses to “Report: Patriots have had “internal discussions” about Julio Jones

  1. Cam was always good with Greg Olsen- now he’s got two good Tight Ends in Smith and Henry. He was also good with big target WRs, like Kelvin Benjamin… I think Jones would be a good fit in NE.

  2. 7-9 last year without Brady, with a bad QB and all those players opting out.

    This year, opt outs are returning. FA additions. And possibly adding Julio Jones? Regardless of the QB, the Pats will be a threat again.

  3. Half the teams in the league have had “internal discussions” about a top 5 receiver available. I feel like Bill is trying to put a band aid on a team that once was spending all there money on scrubs hoping it turns into something. The Patriots are done, back to the bottom with my Lions.

  4. Only teams that already have a good receiving core haven’t had internal discussions.

  5. They had “internal discussions” about Garoppolo too, they were supposedly reworking his contract, bla bla bla…
    This is not going to happen.

  6. Jones was the few players (or coaches) who couldn’t be blamed for the Falcons’ historic collapse in SB 51. No wonder the Patriots would be interested in him.

  7. I’m seeing a bunch of reports that Julio Jones wants to play with Cam Newton. Hmmm.

  8. Just more proof that Bill Belichick is driving a driverless electric car, while my favorite team is still using a horse-drawn carriage.

  9. Why do most people say the patriots will have their opt out players back and will make a big difference to their season. The opt outs were just used as an excuse. All that’s left is Hightower and Bolden. Hightower will help the D but he’s not in his prime anymore and Bolden is a special teamer. All the others are traded, retired, cut, or practice squad. The opt outs will not be the reason the pats have success or stink this season.

  10. All teams should be discussing whether to pursue Jones, or any other possible free agent. that is their job.

  11. None of their current WRs are particularly good, so if they want Cam (or Mac Jones whenever he supplants Newton) to succeed this season, they should make an offer. Given the Falcons have already made it clear they want to move him, their leverage is severely diminished. Patriots should be able to get him for a pretty reasonable price.

  12. BB is known for getting rid of a player 1 year too early, rather than 1 year too late. Taking Julio would be the opposite of that.

  13. I hope he signs with the pats. So I can see t6 say he’s an awesome signing while he was bashing him in the past.

  14. Considering they gave up a second round pick for Mohammad Sanu, I wouldn’t be surprised at all if they did this. Especially Jones age, injury history, and salary keep them from having to give a first round pick.

  15. Julio Jones is 32. Moss was 30 when traded to the Patriots. So this type of trade wouldn’t be unprecedented for Belichick.

    Cam is definitely is better with big receivers. If Mac Jones beats out Cam Julio would be a great with the rookie QB.

    I think the Patriots are underrated. They have depth most teams don’t. This is one area where they could use a veteran stud.

  16. The only thing about roster moves are just speculation, unless directly quoted by Bellichick, or his staff!

  17. i would think his best chance at a ring right away is san fran.
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    2 year contract sounds right

  18. nydre4 says:
    May 22, 2021 at 5:04 pm
    7-9 last year without Brady, with a bad QB and all those players opting out.
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    7-9… they beat two teams that finished the year with a winning record. All those opt outs… several of those players had never even played a down for the Pats, nor were superstars. Yes, some were starters and are already gone. Guess what? Other teams will have their opt outs back and players they lost for the season due to injury.

  19. I’d be SHOCKED if the Pats make a deal for him…. Just don’t see it happening without it involving multiple player swap…. Bill hates giving up Big Bucks & Draftpicks!!!

  20. 7-9… they beat two teams that finished the year with a winning record. All those opt outs… several of those players had never even played a down for the Pats, nor were superstars. Yes, some were starters and are already gone. Guess what? Other teams will have their opt outs back and players they lost for the season due to injury.

    _ um, they should’ve beat Seattle, Buffalo if not for turnovers by Cam. Even with a subpar squad last season their defense played well enough to keep them games but it didn’t matter as Cam couldn’t complete passes regularly. Only bright spot was Damien Harris.

    This year they have a pretty good squad and regardless of who returns back for other teams if QB play for the Pats is better than last year they will win the division.

  21. They have the money???? Since when???? Before the draft the traded a player because they didn’t have the money to pay the new rookies!!! Someone is lying, or being “creative”
    with the payroll.

  22. Belichick is throwing everything including the kitchen sink to prove he doesn’t need Brady Its going to very interesting next year

  23. Who’s going to throw him the ball? The Pat’s don’t have a QB. Hello!

  24. Jones was an excellent player. But he is injury prone, 32, and makes way, way, too much money. Unless Atlanta wants to pay more than half his salary, and take a conditional second or third day pick, no way this is happening.

  25. While I think it’s good the Pats added more weapons on offense. To say they badly needed it is an understatement. But when Nelson Aghalor is your #1 WR. You should always be looking to upgrade the position. There should be at least 25 other teams discussing it as well.

  26. lexcell89 says:
    May 22, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    _ um, they should’ve beat Seattle, Buffalo if not for turnovers by Cam.
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    Should’ve, would’ve, could’ves don’t matter. Every team has those. 7-9.

  27. Also, the Pat’s have had internal discussions as to why BB wouldn’t keep Brady.

  28. Julio’s hamstrings would have to be medically cleared. He has missed time in 6 of the last 10 seasons. I would not mind seeing him in NE but it can’t be based on what he was in the past, because his best days are behind him. He will be 33 at the end of the season, at Super Bowl time. Very few receivers produce at a high level after 32. It’s science. Bahlee dat.

  29. Julio Jones would be great for a team that has at least a competent passer. Unfortunately for New England, they don’t have one.

  30. The broader point is that the Patriots have been drafting terribly for the last five years at least. They then massively overpaid in a buyer’s market this year for some very mediocre talent like Bourne or Agholor. They may have a Hall of Fame coach but they are currently one of the worst team in the league in terms of talent acquisition.

  31. tigershark0052 says:
    May 22, 2021 at 6:56 pm
    Patriots are getting worse and worse.

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    Respectfully disagree, there offense needed an influx of talent. They added a lot of weapons on offense. They added some good pieces on D as well. They should be better not worse. Even with Cam playing they should be better this season. But I think the sooner Mac Jones plays the better. I can’t handle watching another 8 yard screen pass bouncing 3 yards in front of the receiver.

  32. The NFL needed a one year reprieve from the Patriots. Now it is back to business as usual. Julio has made a lot of money—he can make a move to the Pats work if he wants to.

  33. Belichick would love to have Julio Jones. He doesn’t have Brady to carry the team anymore, and his pride is on the line. Brady won the SB without him. Now he must win without Brady.

  34. This move would make a ton of sense and difference for the Pats.

    Pats are 1 year removed from the #1 Defense. They made great FA moves on D plus got Hightower back. D Should return to top 5-7 form.

    Pats have a top 5 OL, solid RBs, great TEs, and are missing a #1 WR. Julio would make their WR group become “good” (7-12th in the league).

    QB would still be a question. But Cam/Mac can win a SB with a top 5 D and excellent supporting cast. Don’t sleep on the Pats.

  35. Everyone hates on Cam, but he had more total TDs and the Pats scored more points than they did during Brady’s final 9 games of the season (second half of 2019 + 1 playoff game). The supporting cast has been bottom 3 for 2019 and 2020. I’m not saying Cam is a top QB anymore, but you have to give him a chance with a good supporting cast (which they have now), just like Brady needed.

  36. The Pats right now are a 11-6 team, I can’t see where they have the cap numbers to make a trade for Julio work. If they did add him, they are a scary deep team and can run a ton of different looks. The division is not out of the question.

  37. mlhigh77 says:
    May 22, 2021 at 11:56 pm
    Also, the Pat’s have had internal discussions as to why BB wouldn’t keep Brady.

    18 7 Rate This

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    Real fans know that answer.

    Diva-itis is a problem all over the league now.

  38. The favorites to land Julio Jones via Las Vegas are the LA Chargers, the SF 49ers, and the Indianapolis Colts….

    With a cap hit of 23 million per the PFT graphic in the Julio Jones video with Charean Williams, the idea of Julio Jones going to the Chargers seems hard to swallow. I have heard elsewhere that the JJ cap hit was more like 15 mil, which would be a major difference regarding who could trade for him. I’m going to assume that some how the cap hit can be reduced to 15 mil for 2021. The Chargers have 16+ million in effective cap space, and maneuvering can be done with other contracts, BUT, they already have $31.5 million going to Keenan Allen and Mike Williams. Adding Julio would be putting almost 55 million dollars into 3 wide receivers in a restricted cap year. One of those two would have to go. Probably Williams, though he is 3 years younger than Allen. Is he tradable or would he have to be cut? Williams is 26, which is 6 years younger than Julio (half a career), and Julio has tight Hammies. It doesn’t make sense for a club that is more than a piece away from contention to swap players and maybe end up with a WR on IR with Hammy issues. .

    The 49er’s have 10 million in effective cap space and could do it easily, if they cut Jimmy G. Will they? Will Jimmy G restructure to make it happen? That will be interesting to see.

    The Colts have the cap space to make it happen. The problem here is trade compensation. If Wentz plays 75% of the snaps, they would have a #2 pick in 2022 that could go to the Falcons. Their #1 would go to Philly for the Wentz trade. If Wentz gets hurt or craps the bed or he sees less than 70% of the snaps and the Colts miss the playoffs, the #2 goes to Philly and they keep their #1, which I don’t think they will offer in this trade. So the question becomes, what combination of 3rd and 4th round picks and/or future draft picks would/could the Colts offer?

    Can Julio block a trade? If not, then perhaps other teams can be in the mix like the Jets, Jags, Bengals, Broncos, and The WFT. They all have a #2 pick in 2022 and can muster the cap space.

    The Patriots have 12.3 million in effective cap space. They have a #2 pick in 2022. They have to sign their top 3 picks still. They may have to pay Gilmore more money this year. He is slated for $7mil. It’s hard for me to see them taking on Julio’s contract without serious help from Atlanta in the first year at least. When the cap expands next year they may be able to swallow it based on the QB salary situation, which is a bargain right now. The Patriots could also trade a player instead of a draft pick but given Atlanta’s cap space issues it might be counter productive. The player I had in mind was JC Jackson, which would leave the Patriots exposed in the secondary as depth may be an issue, but I am not feeling like Jackson wants to stay in New England. It may be wise to trade him before losing him completely. Only BB knows if this is true. I prefer to keep him, and I think he should stay in that system where he has excelled, rather than travel the Malcolm Butler route. But money is money. I could also see us flipping a linebacker like Winovich to Atlanta, as the LB roster is looking full and 3rd round 2021 pick Ronnie Perkins does a lot of what Winovich does and he plays special teams. Winovich has pass rush ability that Atlanta could use. Would Winovich and a 4th round pick be enough? Or a 3rd even? It’s a lot to have happen. Julio may want to think about how a QB like Mac Jones (likely in 2022) with touch, timing, and accuracy could extend the career of an aging but athletic wide receiver with an enormous catch radius. He could play for years in that system and perhaps have a Randy Moss like experience.

  39. touchback6 says:
    May 23, 2021 at 7:00 pm
    mlhigh77 says:
    May 22, 2021 at 11:56 pm
    Also, the Pat’s have had internal discussions as to why BB wouldn’t keep Brady.

    18 7 Rate This

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    Real fans know that answer.

    Diva-itis is a problem all over the league now.
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    I don’t understand why Bill would want to get rid of a proven winner and jump on the diva trend by picking up Cam

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