Falcons repeat report that Falcons have first-round pick on table for Julio Jones

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The Falcons, miffed by the blow to their trade leverage that came from Julio Jones‘ “I’m out of there” comments on FS1, are using their own website to build back some of it.

AtlantaFalcons.com reports that ESPN has reported that the Atlanta Falcons have an offer on the table for a first-round pick in 2022.

Said Diana Russini of ESPN’s Get Up, “I was told the Atlanta Falcons have on the table right now from a team a first-round draft pick in the 2022 draft.” The Falcons have now told the world what Russini has been told.

If that’s the case (one General Manager with a team other than the Falcons doesn’t believe it is), it has happened quickly. As of Monday, the idea was being pushed that the Falcons, while looking for a 2022 first-round pick before the 2021 draft, would take a 2022 second-rounder. Also, the Falcons wouldn’t have been so upset about FS1 harvesting the “I’m out of there” comment, if the Falcons already had a first-round offer on the table.

There are two important, but unknown, factors regarding this offer, if it was indeed made. First, does it come for a team expected to pick high or low or in the middle of the first round of the next draft? Second, how much of Jones’ $15.3 million guaranteed salary will the Falcons be expected to pay in order to get the first-round pick?

As previously reported, the Falcons could have gotten a second-round pick in 2022 without paying any of Jones’ salary before the 2021 draft. After the draft, it’s still unclear whether that same offer will be available.

The window for trading Jones opens on Wednesday, June 2. That’s when the cap charge becomes manageable.

53 responses to “Falcons repeat report that Falcons have first-round pick on table for Julio Jones

  1. I hear the Patriots are offering 3rd year first round pick N’keal Harry and a 5th round pick.

  2. That first round offer came from Santa Claus, The Easter Bunny and the Tooth Fairy

  3. Could be from a team that knows it’s going to be drafting really low next year. Which means it’s likely a team that was in the playoffs this past season. Hmmmmm.

  4. The Falcons are like the kid going to bed with a tooth under their pillow and expecting the tooth fairy to leave a first round pick after they wake up. Sure thing guys.

  5. The Falcons are in panic mode. They don’t have an offer for a 1st round pick.

    Julio announcing that he’s leaving Atlanta dropped his value, a lot……and Atlanta couldn’t get a first round pick during the draft either.

    Julio is 32…an age where most wide receivers start to decline. Even the great Jerry Rice started declining at the age of 31,and was traded to Oakland.

  6. I don’t believe it either.

    I think the best they can hope to get is a second rounder that could become a conditional first if he stays healthy, plays a certain number of games, blah, blah, blah…

  7. More like the Falcons putting out some bait that there is a GM/owner/coach that is (stupid enough and in the NFL that is quite possible) willing to trade a 1st rounder for a part time, 30 plus year old and costs $15.3 million a year receiver hoping that someone else (and actually thinking more than one) will bite and offer more. If someone offered a 1st the Falcons would have taken it already.

  8. If it’s true, that would eliminate the Colts and 49ers, also the Bears, Seahawks and Rams not that anyone thought they’d be in the mix.

    Packers? Perhaps if Gutekunst is scrambling to try to keep Aaron. (I highly doubt this is the case).

    I don’t see the Pats giving up a No. 1 for him.

    Titans? I doubt it. I don’t see the Cardinals or Chargers being willing to part with a No. 1.

  9. @radar8

    Jerry Rice wasn’t traded to Oakland. He signed as a free agent and still had a remarkably productive stint for them in his late 30’s. I’d trade for Jones if he could produce like that.

  10. Trading a first-round draft pick for a 32-year old receiver is complete and utter foolishness, regardless of whether that pick is early or late in the round. However, this is the NFL, and the last time I checked, the Raiders were still in the NFL, so I suppose it’s possible.

  11. The pick is irrelevant. What matters is how much the falcons have to pay for him to leave. He is owed stupid money that they don’t have. They can’t sign a pick without Julio on another team.

    so yes he is gone and the pick is not the problem his pay is

  12. If true Ravens may be a fit given their late round 1 draft projection, but it would be incredibly unRaven like to spend 2 straight first round picks on a WR. If they were to want to go all in though i could see it. Also keep in mind that even if offered a first rounder may be a deal closer to the Orlando Brown trade. Julio and a 3rd or 4th rounder for a first rounder from the receiving team.

  13. If you think Rice was declining at the age of 31 you’re delusional. He played in San Francisco until he was 38. 98 rec 1503 yes and 15 tds when he was 31.

  14. It’s that contract. It’s just a monster for the next two years. The only team that wants to take that contract on AND kick in a 1st is a team that’s in the conversation for the SB and has tons of cap space. There’s very few of those teams other than the Colts, the Browns and maybe the Patriots.

    I still can’t see any of those teams parting with a 1st round pick while having to take on that contract for two years. Julio gets hurt a lot, he’s not the player he once was and that’s a QB-level chunk out of your salary cap for two years with no relief until the 3rd year. Taking on that contract alone is a favor to the Falcons.

    I can only see a 1st rounder being possible if the Falcons take on a sizable portion of the money or if Jones is willing to do a major restructuring of the deal as part of the process, but I don’t know why he would. Very, very skeptical of this report. Sounds like something the Falcons fed the press in an attempt to reclaim some of the value Jones lost after the phone call with Sharpe.

  15. @Radar
    Can’t really compare Jones to Rice, but understand your point. Jones is a big guy and that has lent to some of his injury issues in the past. I think they may get a 2nd rounder and definitely a 3rd.

    Rice was w/ SF until he was nearly 40. And his first year w/ the Raiders he put up over 1,000yds. His age 31 season he put up 1500yds & 15tds. He then dropped his personal best 1800+yds a couple years later. He was the exception and is the G.O.A.T.

  16. I bet Chicago will do it, they have nothing to lose. Both the GM and coach are hanging on by a tread and it is an all or nothing season.

  17. Julio’s comment should have no effect on his trade value. His age and injury history, however, have a lot to do with what a team offers for him. His salary also plays a part, but the Falcons can offset that for a team willing to trade for him. I just don’t see a team parting with a 1st round pick for a 32-year old receiver, unless they were desperate. Maybe a conditional 3rd to 2nd, depending on his performance, but that should be the best offer they get.

  18. If the Falcons had a 1st rounder on the table, the trade would have already been announced.

  19. The Falcons are probably offering what will likely be pick #34 for the Patriots 1st rounder likely to be pick #28. Then Julio will restructure his deal to 28 million over 3 years. This deal is destined to happen.

  20. Julio is almost cooked. One, maybe two, years left before he hangs them up. Supremely talented, oft-injured. There is no way any team is giving up a 1st unless Atlanta eats his entire contract.

  21. radar8 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 5:02 pm
    The Falcons are in panic mode. They don’t have an offer for a 1st round pick.

    Julio announcing that he’s leaving Atlanta dropped his value, a lot……and Atlanta couldn’t get a first round pick during the draft either.

    Julio is 32…an age where most wide receivers start to decline. Even the great Jerry Rice started declining at the age of 31,and was traded to Oakland
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    Traded to Oakland? Nope. The 49ers released him and a day later, Rice signed with the Raiders. Rice then had back to back 1,000 yard seasons. Julio had 1,394 receiving yards two seasons ago. That was 2nd most in the NFL. He missed 7 games last year due to injury. He still had 771 receiving yards. That would average to 85 yards a game. Had he played all 16… over 1,300 yards. So much decline!

  22. The only way Atlanta gets a first round pick is if they eat the entire cap hit, which would defeat the purpose of the trade.

  23. Julio is a beast. Everyone gets hurt at some point in their career. This is where a good team, ala, the Bucs make the trade, and Julio has a career year with Tom Brady. Then all the other dopey teams, are like why didnt we trade for him.

  24. As long as nobody’s naming sources… I heard there’s an offer on the table from an “unnamed” source that there’s a team out there offering 5 1st round picks, 3 2nd round picks, 2 4th round picks, a half dozen buckets of Gatorade, and a 3 year old used BMW but its still under warranty for Julio.

  25. radar8 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 5:02 pm

    Julio is 32…an age where most wide receivers start to decline. Even the great Jerry Rice started declining at the age of 31,and was traded to Oakland.

    Jerry Rice was still in SF at 31. Also had 98 catches 1503 yards and 15 TDs. Not sure what you’re talking about. Rice was 39 when he had his first season with Oakland and had 83 catches 1139 yards and 9 TDs. Not to mention having six 1,000 yard plus seasons after turning 32. If that’s decline I’ll take that every day of the week!

  26. First is from Saints. That’s why they are publicly divulging that info.

  27. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm
    Julio is a beast. Everyone gets hurt at some point in their career. This is where a good team, ala, the Bucs make the trade, and Julio has a career year with Tom Brady. Then all the other dopey teams, are like why didnt we trade for him.
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    Just so you know, there is this thing called a salary cap in the NFL. Those “dopey teams” that couldn’t afford Jones would include the Bucs.

  28. Maybe a 1st round pick with the Falcons paying most of Julio’s salary.

    Highly doubt they get a first round pick. Would love to play a poker game with Atlanta’s front office though.

  29. ATLANTA needs cap relief so they need picks & to unload the contract. ATLANTA can’t accept a better pick by eating some of Julio’s contract. So the FALCONS have to accept lesser valued picks in this case. I’d bet ATLANTA would gladly accept two #3’s or even a #3 & #4. Mo money mo problems.

  30. howboutthemcowboys2020 says:
    May 27, 2021 at 7:33 pm
    Julio is a beast. Everyone gets hurt at some point in their career. This is where a good team, ala, the Bucs make the trade, and Julio has a career year with Tom Brady. Then all the other dopey teams, are like why didnt we trade for him.

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    Correct Julio has been a beast, and also that everyone gets hurt. Julio has been no exception, plenty of history there. Although injury happens to anyone at any point it happens a lot more to 32 year olds with histories. So as good as he is you have to temper that a lot more for him because it does not matter his potential if not dressed for the game.

    So Julio on a moderate deal. Still not completely cheap of course, but still more moderate.

  31. If they have a 1st on the table then we’ll see in a couple days when his cap charge for moving him is significantly lowered, but this smells BS to drive the price to get him up.

  32. nfldivas says:
    May 27, 2021 at 5:15 pm
    More like the Falcons putting out some bait that there is a GM/owner/coach that is (stupid enough and in the NFL that is quite possible) willing to trade a 1st rounder for a part time, 30 plus year old and costs $15.3 million a year receiver hoping that someone else (and actually thinking more than one) will bite and offer more. If someone offered a 1st the Falcons would have taken it already.

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    Jeffrey Lurie and Howie Roseman come to mind.. (Still unsure how Howie has a job…)

  33. 32 is the age WRs decline ??

    Go tell that to Jerry Rice, Larry Fitzgerald, Tim Brown, Marvin Harrison, Isaac Bruce and all the other 32 year old Wrs who put up monster seasons.

  34. Julio is 32…an age where most wide receivers start to decline. Even the great Jerry Rice started declining at the age of 31,and was traded to Oakland.

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    Wait what? So many things wrong with that statement. If Jerry Rice “started” his career at 31 he’d probably still be a Hall of Famer! From the age of 31-41 he had seven 1,000+ yard seasons. Also, he wasn’t traded to Oakland at the age of 31. He signed as a free agent at the age of 38 and went on to have 3 great seasons in Oakland where he was named to the Pro Bowl at the age of 40!

  35. Julio Jones issues are not his decline in talent but more his ability to stay healthy. If the Falcons indeed have a number 1 pick offer on the table then they’d be stupid not to accept it right now but remember we are talking about the Falcons here.

  36. By now most fans have figured out how a front office uses the media. When they put it out there they have been offered a first it is obvious they have been ACTUALLY offered a second or worse. Just the game of blind bidding and how the vendor pulls the strings

  37. If this were true the deal would already be done. They’d have said yes before the other GM had finished the sentence.

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