Could the Falcons Trade Julio Jones?
Julio Jones might be on the move.
Despite Falcons owner Arthur Blank claiming earlier in the offseason that the franchise would keep Jones in Atlanta, that might not be the case.
The Falcons have apparently received calls on the availability of Atlanta's star receiver, according to NFL Media.
From NFL Now: The #Falcons have been receiving calls on All-Pro WR Julio Jones, and while it's somewhat unlikely they get the value they would want, it's not impossible. A look at how it would work... pic.twitter.com/kZArO6t578— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2021
Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports also mentioned that Jones could be available for a first- or second-round selection.
A trade would be hard to stomach for Atlanta. Jones is a five-time All-Pro who's been one of the best receivers in the league since he was drafted sixth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft.
It also would be hard to stomach financially.
If traded before June 1, Jones would count as more than a $23 million dead cap hit this season.
There is no cap "magic" with a Julio Jones trade, or any other. Here are the #Falcons' options:— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) April 26, 2021
On the roster: $23.05M cap number in 2021 ($15.3M cash)
Traded before June 1: $23.25M dead cap in 2021
Traded after June 1: $7.75M dead cap in 2021, $15.5M dead cap in 2022
Jones, who just turned 32, would be a hot commodity on the trade market for a team in win-now mode.
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