Good Idea Or Bad Idea: Trade For Julio Jones | Sports Takes & News | TooAthletic.com
For those who are fans of NFL trades, now comes word that a marquee wide receiver might be available for the right price on the eve of the 2021 NFL Draft. That player, Julio Jones, would become, if traded, the first move in the tearing down and rebuild of the Atlanta Falcons, a team that has lost their way since reaching Super Bowl LI. So, if you were a contender, would you trade for Julio Jones, and if so, at what price? Or, has history shown us that you don’t need to marquee wide receiver to become Super Bowl champions in the NFL?
It has only taken ten seasons for Julio Jones to reach the Top 20 in all-time receiving yards. Jones has done this by averaging 15.2 yards per receptions, a pace slightly better than the NFL’s all time leader Jerry Rice, and one that places him fifth among those who are in the Top 20 all-time in league history. Yet, at 32, the former sixth overall pick out of Alabama may have seen his best days played in Atlanta, with the Falcons wideout not likely to continue to produce at the same level he did over the first decade of his career. This leads to the question, what is his trade value?
Part of why Julio Jones may be traded away from the Falcons is money, with the wide receiver counting $23 Million against the cap in 2021 and $19 Million in 2022. It is that huge cap number that prevents Atlanta from making any moves ahead of this year’s draft, forcing them to wait until after June 1st when any “dead money” can be spread out over two seasons. Nevertheless, teams know that Julio Jones may be available and are calling the Falcons.
It has been said Matthew Stafford became a better quarterback after Hall of Fame wide receiver Calvin Johnson retired, because he no longer felt the pressure of having a number one receiver in the pass pattern. History shows us that finding solid wide receivers works better than relying on one star, even one as good at Julio Jones, to carry an offense. It is for that simple reason along that I think any team that trades for Jones would be making a mistake.
When you add in a fair expectation of diminishing returns over the next two seasons due to his age, you would have to agree that any team would be trading for Jones’ name and reputation as much as they would be for his abilities on the field. As a result, unless you can get Julio Jones at a discounted price on the trade market, making a move to him would likely hurt your team more than help. The future Hall of Famer would be a nice piece to an offense, but not enough to put any team over the top in their pursuit of a Super Bowl ring in 2021 and beyond.
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