Julio Jones wasn’t kidding round. When he made it clear he was “outta there” — straight talking to his standing with the Atlanta Falcons — he meant it, and the group made certain his prediction got here true. After weeks (months?) of fielding gives and actively looking for a suitor to pay their asking value for the long run Corridor of Fame large receiver, the Falcons have traded the 32-year-old to the Titans, with both teams confirming the transfer and phrases. The Falcons obtain the Titans’ 2022 second-round decide and a 2023 fourth-round decide. Together with getting Jones, the Titans will obtain the Falcons’ 2023 sixth-round decide.
In Tennessee, the seven-time Professional Bowler will be a part of a Titans offense that features fellow receivers A.J. Brown and Josh Reynolds, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and two-time NFL dashing champion Derrick Henry.
It was anticipated the Falcons would wait till the calendar turned to June to tug the set off, contemplating the wage cap ramifications. If the Falcons had traded Jones forward of June 1, they’d’ve suffered a hefty lifeless cash hit of $23.25 million and misplaced $200,000 total in opposition to their cap.
That is transferring within the mistaken course, and shedding Jones to do it was all elements of nonsensical. That coin flipped as a post-June 1 transfer, nonetheless, as a result of the Falcons will now see the lifeless cash hit drop to $7.75 million they usually’ll internet $15.3 million in financial savings, in accordance with OverTheCap. The Titans will assume full duty for Jones’ present contract, per NBC Sports Mike Florio. And whereas a brand new contract could possibly be within the works someday between now and the beginning of the 2021 season, it’s believed that Jones — on the newest — needs one thing finished along with his contract shortly after the ’21 season.
Previous to the information of the commerce, the Titans’ projected 2021 win whole was 9.5 video games, in accordance with CBS Sports activities information scientist Stephen Oh. Tennessee’s win projection is now 10.1 with Jones’ addition, in accordance with Oh. The Titans’ odds at profitable a second consecutive AFC South division title have risen from 40.7% to 50%, with the group’s odds at profitable the AFC bettering from 6.5% to 9.4%. Conversely, the Falcons’ 2021 win projection has dipped from 8.9 to eight.5 wins. Atlanta’s playoff odds have additionally fallen from 43.6% to 34.9%.
Jones battled harm in 2020 that held him to solely 9 video games performed, however he nonetheless produced 771 receiving yards, and he is just one season faraway from a 1,394 yard, six landing marketing campaign in 2019 that adopted a 1,677 yard, eight landing explosion two seasons in the past. His profession numbers (12,896 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns in 10 seasons on 848 catches) make him a primary poll Corridor of Fame contender, and he is not finished, readying so as to add to his 58 video games of 100 yards or extra when the common season will get underway in September.
Sure, Jones is 32 years outdated, however rumors of his supposed downturn is perhaps tremendously exaggerated, and that is why a number of groups have been calling the Falcons. Ultimately, it was the Titans who received over the Falcons, and Jones will now don a special jersey for the primary time in his illustrious NFL profession.
Tennessee bolstered its offensive through the draft with the number of former North Dakota State offensive sort out Dillon Radunz with the 53rd total decide. The addition of Jones ought to certainly bolster a Titans passing assault that completed twenty third within the NFL in 2020. He’ll solely strengthen a Titans offense that completed fifth within the league in third down effectivity and second and pink zone effectivity final season.