Titans emerge as the perceived favorites to land Julio Jones, for a second-round pick in 2022

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Three days away from the official opening of the Julio Jones trade window, there continues to be no clear and obvious destination for one of the best receivers in the NFL.

In league circles, the current expectation is that, eventually, the Falcons will send Jones to the Titans for a second-round pick.

This isn’t a report that the Titans have offered or will offer a second-round pick, or that the Falcons will take a second-round pick for Jones. They continue to want a first-rounder for Jones, with the Falcons contributing nothing to his salary in 2021 or 2022. This is simply a reflection of the current thinking among folks in the know about where this is all likely to end up.

The widespread belief that the Titans will get Jones for a second-round pick further undercuts the ESPN report that the Falcons have a 2022 first-round pick on the table for Jones. It’s possible, however, that the ESPN report was incomplete. As one source with knowledge of the dynamics explained it last night, there’s a very good chance that someone has put a 2022 first-round pick on the table in exchange for Jones plus more — possibly as much as a 2022 second-round pick.

Given that the Falcons likely will be selecting high in round two next year, a 2022 first-round pick for Julio and the Falcons’ 2022 second-round pick represents a lesser deal than the second-round pick that they may have to eventually accept.

The Falcons continue to struggle with the idea that they’ll get only a second-round pick for Jones, and to be concerned about the perception among their fans that they didn’t get nearly enough. Beyond the fact that they got a second-round pick for receiver Mohamed Sanu, the Falcons gave up a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick for tight end Hayden Hurst and a fourth-round pick, and the Falcons decided after one season not to pick up his fifth-year option.

The average fan won’t easily realize the benefit of salary cap relief. It will be for the Falcons to get the fans to understand that, if/when they get only a second-round pick for Jones.

Final point. Don’t rule out the Patriots making a last-second play for Jones. Beyond the report that they’ve had “internal discussions” about Jones, there has been no reporting linking New England to Jones. And that’s usually how it goes with the Patriots. No one knows much of anything until the deal is done.

As early as Wednesday, it will be.

26 responses to “Titans emerge as the perceived favorites to land Julio Jones, for a second-round pick in 2022

  1. Does Belichick believe a trade is good value? Have you guys contemplated that question? That’s the pick they give up and the salary structure they pay. I can’t see Belichick doing a deal without a restructure upfront that keeps Jones whole but makes sense for the Patriots. It takes both sides to make a deal and the Falcons don’t exhibit the required ability and intent to close, rather they seem to want to play teams off each other.

    If there was a deal to be made Bill would already have made it and it would be just waiting for Tuesday to be announced.

    Too much chatter for Belichick’s taste.

  2. Falcons don’t have to *sell* anything to the fanbase. Julio is a declining super talent. Even when healthy (which is rare) he is often on the sidelines on 3rd downs. It has amazed me the last couple years how often he is taking plays off. It all started when he started hanging with TO. Coincidence? I think not. Whatever teams gets this version of Julio will regret at any cost.

  3. Fontenot was hired in January. He didn’t do the Sanu deal. He doesn’t want to look like he gave Bill a better deal than Dimitroff.

  4. The Falcons should jump at a 2nd rounder, especially if they get rid of Jones entire salary. Not sure why anybody would even give up that much for Jones, at his salary.

  5. chc4 says:
    May 30, 2021 at 11:03 am
    Falcons don’t have to *sell* anything to the fanbase. Julio is a declining super talent. Even when healthy (which is rare) he is often on the sidelines on 3rd downs. It has amazed me the last couple years how often he is taking plays off. It all started when he started hanging with TO. Coincidence? I think not. Whatever teams gets this version of Julio will regret at any cost

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    As an Eagles fan who watched owens and mcnabb rip a championship caliber team apart. Say what you want about Owens, but he never took plays off.. in the 7 games he and mcnabb were feuding in 05, owens was still wrecking the league including making hof talent like champ bailey look like an xfl chump the day before he was suspended.

  6. Julio has no value because the falcons have no leverage. Julios pay kills leverage and the fact that he is the only salary on the team that will free up enough for the draft besides the qb gives them no leverage. And I am not even talking about how he can’t find the end zone at all.

    In fact they would have been better off moving him early and taking a bigger cap hit but would have been able to use the compensation now instead of next year

  7. Atlanta is hard at work putting out misinformation in the hopes someone will buy what they’re selling

  8. The Sanu deal is not a good measurement comparison here. That was a gross overpay by a desperate team.

  9. Shocking that a report from ESPN that wasn’t from Schefter, Fowler or Darlington, proved to be at the best, misleading…

    No way are the Falcons getting a No. 1 for Julio unless there are serious conditions added to the trade, either sending another pick back, or eating some or the majority of his salary for next season…

  10. JJ was a top notch wr sadly age and injuries have caught up with him. With that being said his bloated contract only adds to his value being a 3rd or 4th round pick at best in my opinion.

  11. Disappointing. This makes a pretty good team, STILL pretty good. Yawn. I don’t think this puts them over the Chiefs or Bills. yet if Julio was a Chief, Bill, Packer, or Seahawk, that’d clinch them for the Super Bowl.

  12. Wish the Cowboys let Dak walk, drafted Mac Jones who is looking like a winner,and had the money to make a run at Jones and other talent. They could trade Gallup, a FA next year, who they won’t be able to afford, and a 3rd or 4th.

  13. Just let it happen already. Can’t stand this back and forth speculative reporting.

  14. Eagles will get him if it only takes a 2nd. They’ll give a 2nd and Ertz plus throw in a young WR and that’s a much better deal than a 2nd from the Titans.

  15. Perfect. At this point in Jones’ career his skill set should pair nicely with Tannehill’s limited passing ability.

  16. I’m sure the fanbase knows the situation and the reasons behind trading him. Getting a second for an aging WR with health issues and a massive contract isn’t a bad get.

  17. At this point in his career a second round pick seems reasonable. It’s a gamble, the guy doesn’t practice much due to chronic knee and foot issues and at 32 that’s only going to get worse. It’s gotten to the point he can’t even run certain routes.

  18. “Titans emerge as the perceived favorites”

    “Perceived favorites”? Really. What a colorful way to say “We have no clue”.

  19. chc4 says:
    May 30, 2021 at 11:03 am

    Falcons don’t have to *sell* anything to the fanbase. Julio is a declining super talent. Even when healthy (which is rare) he is often on the sidelines on 3rd downs. It has amazed me the last couple years how often he is taking plays off. It all started when he started hanging with TO. Coincidence? I think not. Whatever teams gets this version of Julio will regret at any cost.

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    Yeah, T.O. was extremely selfish, but his mindset as an NFL player was to be in top condition every season and hopefully get the ball in his hands as much as possible. He always wanted to win and he always wanted to be a big part of it. His life was all about being the best football player he could possibly be. Being the best teammate was something he obviously wasn’t good at. I think everyone knows that. Taking plays off wasn’t part of HIS DNA, so I don’t think he would be a bad influence on Julio Jones. Just my opinion.

  20. Go ahead Titans, make the deal happen. 4th place in AFC is waiting for you.

  21. The Titans were smart and built their roster through the draft, so I’m not sure why they would want a talented, a massively overpaid WR whose best days are behind him. They won’t be able to get out of Jones’ contract until 2023 and the cap hit for 2022 is $19.2m. Not a smart move for a team that’s on the rise in the AFC.

  22. The Titans have become the 4th team to emerge as the favorite. They can’t all be the favorite, the Falcons are doing a horrible job putting out fake information.

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