Falcons trade seven-time Pro Bowl receiver Julio Jones to Titans


Tennessee have agreed to a take care of Atlanta for seven-time Professional Bowl large receiver Julio Jones, permitting the Falcons to clear wage cap house whereas the Titans get assist for Ryan Tannehill, Derrick Henry and AJ Brown. Each groups confirmed the commerce on Sunday.

The Falcons will obtain the Titans’ second-round decide in 2022 and their fourth in 2023 with Atlanta sending Jones and a sixth-round decide in 2023 to Tennessee pending Jones passing a bodily.

The deal provides Jones to an offense than already has Henry, the AP NFL Offensive Participant of the 12 months, and a Professional Bowl receiver in Brown. The defending AFC South champs ranked fourth in scoring in 2020, and this transfer shores up an enormous gap within the Titans’ offense after shedding large receiver Corey Davis and tight finish Jonnu Smith in free company in March.

“J Rob is a gangster!! The person is crushing it!” left deal with Taylor Lewan wrote of Tennessee basic supervisor Jon Robinson on Twitter. Tannehill rapidly permitted of the transfer, “Let’s go!!!!!”

Henry, who additionally performed at Alabama in faculty like Jones, had lately shared photographs of himself figuring out with Jones on social media. Brown had been lobbying arduous for Jones to affix the Titans on social media, and Brown shared a photograph on Twitter on Sunday of himself, Jones and Henry all in Tennessee jerseys celebrating.

Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey additionally went to social media to precise his emotions that his group missed out on Jones.

The Falcons shared a video of Jones on social media and wrote, “Due to you, 11 will all the time imply extra.”

Jones’ $15.3m base wage is assured, and he was set to price the Falcons barely greater than $23m towards the wage cap subsequent season. By buying and selling him after 1 June, they now break up the lifeless cash over two seasons, easing their robust monetary scenario.

And now the Titans have a large receiver costing much less in 2021 than if they’d picked up the fifth-year possibility at $15.6m for Davis, who signed with the Jets.

Jones holds Atlanta information with 848 catches for 12,896 yards, and his 60 touchdowns ranked second. He had a career-best 136 catches for 1,871 yards in 2015. He had six straight seasons with greater than 1,300 yards receiving till being restricted to 9 video games in 2020 by a nagging hamstring damage. He ranks first in NFL historical past in averaging 95.5 receiving yards per sport via 135 video games, forward of Calvin Johnson’s mark of 86.1 receiving yards per sport.

Jones is also twentieth in receiving yards and fourth behind solely Jerry Rice (76), Randy Moss (64) and Marvin Harrison (59) for 100-yard receiving video games with 58. Solely Moss has a better common per reception (15.6) than Jones (15.2) amongst all NFL gamers with no less than 848 catches.

The Titans have 5 straight profitable seasons that rank behind solely Seattle and Kansas Metropolis within the NFL. They misplaced to Kansas Metropolis within the AFC championship sport within the 2019 season. Tennessee tied Buffalo for second with 396.4 yards per sport in 2020 with Tannehill throwing for a career-best 33 touchdowns. Solely the Kansas Metropolis Chiefs had extra yards on offense, however Jones may assist a passing offense that ranked twenty third within the NFL with 228.3 yards per sport.

That is simply the most recent huge deal by Robinson since being employed as basic supervisor in January 2016. Robinson traded the No 1 total decide in April 2016, and he additionally traded for Tannehill in March 2019 in a deal the place Miami picked up an enormous chunk of the quarterback’s wage.

Robinson and the group signed each Tannehill and Henry, the NFL’s back-to-back dashing chief, to four-year extensions final yr. And Brown, the opposite huge piece of the Titans’ offense, has two years left on his rookie contract.


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