Team that trades for Julio Jones may have to be ready to give him a new contract, sooner than later

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In two days, the window opens for a potential Julio Jones trade that minimizes the 2021 cap consequences for the Falcons. Wherever Julio lands, the new team could eventually have a different kind of cap consequence.

According to a source familiar with Jones’ past contractual expectations, the team that trades for Jones needs to account for the very real possibility that Jones will want a new deal.

Currently, he’s due to make $15.3 million this year, $11.513 million next year, and $11.513 million in 2023. That’s $38.326 million over three years, an average payout of $12.775 million annually.

Sure, Jones’ current deal has an average annual value of $22 million. His new team, however, is getting him on a three-year, $12.775 million deal. That’s how Jones or any other player would view it.

The question is whether he’ll want a new deal on the way in, or whether he’ll want one after the 2021 season. Either way, the notion that the Jones contract is attractive because an elite player can be gotten for $12.775 million per year over three years overlooks the reality that, sooner than later, Jones will want his contract to be adjusted — especially if he has a huge first year at his next destination.

And that could be one of the various reasons why the Falcons haven’t been able to get their expected return of a first-round pick with no commitment to pay any of his salary. The team that buys the Jones contract also will be buying the reality that Jones will want that contract to be torn up.

45 responses to “Team that trades for Julio Jones may have to be ready to give him a new contract, sooner than later

  1. He signed a big, long term contract… then complained halfway through that he wasn’t getting paid enough. So the Falcons gave him another big, long term contract… and now he’s trying to force his way out of Atlanta.

    At this point, he’s worth a third rounder. And to be told his contract is what he’s going to be paid. He can play and hit free agency, or retire.

  2. Then he’s not going to get traded, especially to NE and a team would be a fool to give him a new deal at 32. His contract is possibly bloated as is, based on age alone.

  3. If im the falcons I take what I can get and am grateful to be out from under that horrendous contract.

  4. I think he has to know his bargaining power isn’t what it once was. Either way, I’m not making this deal without it being VERY clear to him that a new deal ain’t happening.

  5. “That’s how Jones or any other player would view it.“ teams need to stop paying signing bonuses if players forget about them as soon as the check is cashed. Jones is getting $22M per year to play, he already got a huge chunk of that, but it’s $22M

  6. Given his age, his injuries, and his contracts expectations, he is more likely to be cut than fetch a first round pick.

  7. Four 16-game seasons in 10 years and 32 years-old… whoever trades for this guy is making a huge mistake.

  8. urgyisgod says:
    May 31, 2021 at 11:47 am
    Given his age, his injuries, and his contracts expectations, he is more likely to be cut than fetch a first round pick.

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    We will know this week. I am also laughing at the 49ers and the pickle they have themselves mixed up in with JimmyGs contract and that awkward situation. Renting players on bloated contracts is the height of stupodity.

    Rodgers and the GB situation is even more hilarious. These teams don’t understand leverage or know how to move on a year ahead instead of a year behind.

    Once Atlanta got into cap hell, and whiffed on their sb run, they should have been selling assets and getting picks. All they did was delay the rebuild.

    The Pats simply rebuild and do it the righr way so they can be legit postseason team for a decade before doing it all over again.

    Teams like this are way behind schedule due to fear of fans not buying jerseys or enough fans going to games in Julio Jones jerseys in a weak market like Atlanta.

    Blank is likely behind a lot of these bigger decisions, too.

  9. I’d put the option out there that could give him a new contract. It would be heavily performance & incentive based for about $18M-$20M annually or he keeps current contract, in tack. In either case, I’d get that worked out well before the trade was made.

  10. The Niners got a great deal with Jimmy Gs contract. They can completely walk away next year if they decide to start the new guy.

    As it stands, when Jimmy is healthy, he can take them to a Super Bowl..and he did that the year after suffering an ACL. Players usually take 2 years to get back to form.

    Now, the Niners have a great starter and a backup that will eventually be the franchise player.

  11. The Pats simply rebuild and do it the right way so they can be legit postseason team FOR A DECADE.

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    It is all on how good a QB is.

  12. Why would any team trade draft picks and give a huge contract to a 32 year old injury prone player who will be released if Atlanta can’t find a trade partner.

  13. William Lee says:
    May 31, 2021 at 12:32 pm
    The Pats simply rebuild and do it the right way so they can be legit postseason team FOR A DECADE.

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    It is all on how good a QB is.

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    Numerous well run franchises are in this mix and yes when BB drafts and develops qbs, the results are superb.

    Expect it again, Willy, even though it will ruin your creepy premise.

    Seattle, Baltimore, GB, NE, Pitt, now KC, etc, are always in the playoffs.

    Brady didn’t play for all of those teams. lol

  14. Julio is DREAMING if he thinks a new team will give him a new contract….DREAMING!!!!

  15. radar8 says:
    May 31, 2021 at 12:24 pm
    The Niners got a great deal with Jimmy Gs contract. They can completely walk away next year if they decide to start the new guy.

    As it stands, when Jimmy is healthy, he can take them to a Super Bowl..and he did that the year after suffering an ACL. Players usually take 2 years to get back to form.

    Now, the Niners have a great starter and a backup that will eventually be the franchise player.

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    A great deal? For what? To make JimmyG a millionaire, sure. Shanahan stopped running the ball in the sb, so they have nothing.

    NE’s long term yield from what they got out of the the JimmyG deal and not paying him 25 mil per while getting contributing players will be seen as the winner of that deal. I am not saying Damien Harris, maybe JoeJuan Williams and Asiasi will have long careers, but it’s better than not getting anything.

    Renting a lame duck qb and possibly seeing him ride the pine would be pretty embarrassing.

  16. – give up draft picks

    – get fading vet

    – used to be great, now is injury prone

    – wants a new contract

    I will give a 7th round pick.

  17. He can’t demand that much leverage considering how many games he’s missed, regardless of his tactic to “be healthy” prior to this trade speculation. He is worth a 2nd rounder at best and should be contract based incentives.

  18. Quintorris will be an old 35 going into 2024, so he needs a killer 2021 so his agent can push for an extended contract (though teams don’t need to do anything until 2023). He needs to look 2 years out. He’s benefitted from Matt Ryan passing to him (and vice versa). Is he worth a first rounder? A team with a need at WR could have him for 3 years at a declining period (though still high), versus drafting an unknown, developing them and having them gone in 5 years. If this was three years ago, fine. Today, a 2nd rounder seems more realistic. What’s his marketability for life after football. He’s spent his entire life in the south.

  19. If this is true I think you can scratch New England from the list of suitors. I was already concerned about how they would integrate all the new receivers in an offense that focuses on ball distribution, and the potential negative affect of a diva wr demanding the ball. If that diva wr who is in the late stages of his career and battling injuries pulls that, it could warp the offense. The QB may feel obligated to force throws, and the locker room might get skewed. As it looks right now, this new group of free agents and existing players appear to be “all in” on team building. It would be a shame to bring in a home wrecker. I am not saying JJ is a home wrecker, but he could be if it’s not clear up front how it’s gonna be and he agrees to the framework. He’s probably have to split snaps with Agholor and I’m not sure how either of them would react to that. I don’t see any New England WR’s posting tik tock videos pleading for Julio to come to NE. Cam has been quiet on this too, which tells me he is all in on the Patriot Way and knows not to muddy the waters that the franchise runs it’s business in. Cam has been the picture of a team player in NE. I’d love to see him do so well he forces BB to keep the other QB’s on the bench, and even plays so well he forces them to resign him after 2021. First world problem there. I was skeptical about adding JJ at first, warmed up to it after a while, but am starting to doubt it’s the right move for a rebuilding team with a roster that may already be playoff ready and is developing good team chemistry. I’m also still smarting from the Sanu trade, who is now a second string receiver in San Fran, which cost the Patriots a second round pick, which they could have used on DK Metcalf, Mecole Hardman, Marquise Brown, AJ Brown, or Deebo Samuel who were all available around that pick location. It is rare to get a good wide receiver outside the top 100 picks in the draft. Do you trade a second round pick for what looks like a dicey proposition from a health, age, and chemistry standpoint? If NE doesn’t sign JJ I’ll be disappointed in losing the fantasy of what it could have resulted in, but sometimes not getting what you want is the best thing for you.

  20. How many 32-year-old receivers get a $38 million, 3-year deal?

    It’s understandable for Jones to want to make the most of what will likely be his last contract. But I don’t know if he realize how close he is to the alternative being retirement. If Tony Romo could go unsigned, Jones sure as heck can too.

  21. Based on what the Falcons and Julio are expecting for compensation, it appears that neither of them watched Julio play last season.

  22. He is 32 yr old and his stats from 2020 ATL 9 games 68 targets 51catches 771 yds 85.7 per game 15.1 yd per catch 3 tds rec.. Seriously? No way.

  23. Any team that would trade for Julio Jones would be a desperate team, and would likely do whatever he wants. It would most likely be a front office just wanting to make it through the season without getting fired. Singing Jones won’t make a difference, so they’ll likely be getting fired, and passing along Jones’ contract to the next GM. This is where the owner needs to step in and make sure every move is a smart move.

  24. touchback6 says:
    May 31, 2021 at 12:41 pm

    Seattle, Baltimore, GB, NE, Pitt, now KC, etc, are always in the playoffs.
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    Ummm no, all those teams aren’t always in the playoffs, just NE.
    The others are often in the playoffs, but not always.

  25. “Ummm no, all those teams aren’t always in the playoffs, just NE.”

    I guess that since NE wasn’t in the playoffs, last year, they are like the others….often in the playoffs.

  26. when BB drafts and develops qbs, the results are superb
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    Those backup QB learned from Brady, not Belichick.

  27. Man when healthy he can’t find the endzone why would he be worth much. Hell they drafted a red zone target TE because Julio can’t find the end zone

  28. Add me to the list of people who wouldn’t touch him at that price. His average is 22m, which second in the league. He’s also 11th in total value. A new deal? Lol. No.

  29. Of course, if Julio sat out looking to re-work his current contract, he’d be putting himself at risk of having to repay the entirety of his $25 million signing bonus that he received when he signed a contract extension that covers the next three seasons.

    Otherwise, your point is almost reasonable.

  30. 6 touchdowns per season over ten years, and he’s no longer the player he was during that time. He’s not worth the money he’s set to receive, and the headache he’ll give his new team is not worth giving up even a 2nd for.

  31. “Team that trades for Julio Jones may have to be ready to give him a new contract, sooner than later”

    Ummm, no. NO they won’t.

    Ridiculous statement. He might not get another contract in the League, period. NO ONE worth anything will renegotiate his current deal.

    Any GM that does should be fired.

  32. If Julio plays at a high level in 21, I could see a team given a very incentive laden extension potentially worth big money, but not much guaranteed.

  33. The guy from a few years ago who was healthy and younger and could make those demands isn’t in the building any more. Plenty of dumb GMs out there but I’ll be surprised if he gets a huge new deal at his current age coming off a string of injuries.

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