Falcons Should Trade Julio Jones to Patriots
The Atlanta Falcons and the Julio Jones are clearly parting ways this off season. Much like the Aaron Rodgers story, the Julio Jones and the Falcons saga has many twists and turns. One team that always emerges in the rumors is the New England Patriots. Although other teams are in the running, the Patriots are obviously the best fit.
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Farewell to the Falcons
The only thing that is for sure is that the Falcons are not an option for Jones. This is a shame because Jones is a legend in Atlanta and he will leave a long lasting legacy behind. It may be surprising to some, but Matt Ryan and Jones are the best QB/WR combo in the NFL.
Julio Jones enjoyed more statistical success than *any* NFL receiver over a 6 yr period, while with Matt Ryan.
The grass isn’t greener on the other side, it’s greener where you water it. #Falcons pic.twitter.com/nP4Hx1LUCd
— Emmanuel Acho (@EmmanuelAcho) May 24, 2021
However, it is clear that Jones wants out of Atlanta and according to reports he has selected two teams as his preferred destination. The New England Patriots and the Tennessee Titans.
Julio Jones has narrowed down his list of teams to the Patriots and Titans, per multiple reports.
— LeadingNFL (@LeadingNFL) May 25, 2021
Odds Are Up in the Air
It is normal for sports betting odds to fluctuate when it comes to potential NFL trades and that is certainly the case with Julio Jones. It all depends on where you want to bet football. This sportsbook has the Titans (+350) as favorites to land Jones, but other sportsbooks have the Patriots (+300) as the favorites to make a trade with the Falcons.
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If we judge it by player recruiting, the Titans have the edge.
Player Recruiting is Alive and Well
Once it was made public that Jones wanted out, Patriots and Titans players made a pitch to Jones. It all started with Titans RB Derrick Henry, but since then more players have chimed in.
Trent Brown started things for the Patriots and his tweet was “liked” by many current Patriots players who want to see Jones in New England.
Come be a PATRIOT‼️ @juliojones_11
— Trent Brown (@Trent) May 24, 2021
However, no one is as aggressive on social media as Titans WR AJ Brown. Brown is sending plea after plea to Jones and as offered to change his number and let Julio “carry the load”.
“Come vibe with me bro. … If you wanna carry the load, you can carry it.”
Titans WR A.J. Brown is using voice messages to pitch to Julio Jones 😂 @brgridiron
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) May 25, 2021
AJ Brown is taking recruiting Julio Jones to the next level 😂
— B/R Gridiron (@brgridiron) May 26, 2021
Other teams are trying to recruit Jones, like the Philadelphia Eagles, but the Patriots and the Titans are the clear front runners.
Jones to the Patriots Is the Only Way
The Titans are pushing hard on social media to persuade Jones, but it is very unlikely. Recent reports indicate that Tennessee is a “long shot” to land Jones in a deal with Atlanta.
As we watch Titans players fiercely recruit Julio Jones on social media, I was told Atlanta has actually had discussions with Tennessee.
As of now, they are still talking but I was told this “is a long shot” for the Titans to land Jones.
— Dianna Russini (@diannaESPN) May 27, 2021
Enter Bill Belichick and the Patriots.
Belichick loves the veteran wide receiver and he will be the perfect addition to a revamped offense. Jones becomes a deep threat that will stretch the field and open things up for the rest of the offense. Jones reportedly wants to play with the Pats and will welcome a trade to New England, which will make the deal easier to make. After Signing Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne, trading for Jones will be the icing on the cake.
Pats Have the Pieces
Although the Falcons still have nightmares from the Super Bowl against the Patriots, they will like what the Pats have to offer. The Patriots have the cap space to handle the contract, can afford to give up picks and have several big names that they could send to Atlanta to improve their team instantly. This includes players like N’Keal Harry, Jakobi Meyers, JC Jackson, Sony Michel and even Stephon Gilmore. This combination of talent and draft capitol will be too much for the Falcons to pass up.
Although the Titans, Browns, Colts, Raiders and 49ers are all rumored to be interested in Jones, when the dust settles, Jones will be in a member of the New England Patriots.