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.
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