It’s a bit of an understatement to say the relationship between Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons is strained. After Jones told Shannon Sharpe, “I’m out of there … I want to win,” on live TV last week, it’s probably fair to characterize the 10-year partnership as just about doomed. Reports indicate that the superstar receiver has been unhappy with the Falcons since his 2019 contract negotiations, and at least one journalist has said that Jones thinks Matt Ryan has lost his fastball. These aren’t the statements of a player expecting to stick around for another year.
After leading the Kansas football program through an uncertain spring as the interim head coach, Emmett Jones reportedly will be sticking around and working with the Jayhawks’ new boss, Lance Leipold.
According to Yahoo Sports’ Pete Thamel, as Leipold assembles his first staff at KU, Jones, a popular receivers coach in his third year with the program, is expected to be retained.
Thamel also reported Leipold plans to keep defensive backs coach Chevis Jackson, defensive line coach Kwahn Drake
A new home for Julio Jones could be coming soon.
According to NBC Sports’ Peter King, the Falcons have begun “laying the framework” for a Julio Jones trade. The trade wouldn’t be made official until after June 1, when Jones’ cap hit wouldn’t be as devastating to Atlanta’s cap situation.
Among the teams interested in Jones, King reports, the Raiders and Patriots would both be in the running. The return: future NFL draft picks, which King speculates as a second-rounder.
Per OverTheCap, a pre-June 1 trade would result in more than $23 million in dead money, while a post-June
NFL mock draft 2021, 3-round edition: 49ers opt for Mac Jones; Lions throw QB curveball; Penei Sewell, DeVonta Smith slide
Sporting News will keep on mock drafting until the teams go on the clock for the 2021 NFL Draft from Thursday through Saturday to continue to provide an updated perspective of what teams are thinking about what prospects at what positions.
Previously, SN expanded to projecting every selection from No. 1 to 259 in a seven-round mock. Then came our only first-round mock with trades with six potential deals shaking up the top 32 picks.
Now that draft week has kicked off, here’s a straight-up three-round edition to look at several more different scenarios over Days 1 and 2, after