A Julio Jones trade from the salary cap-strapped Atlanta Falcons has seemed inevitable for months now, and it appears that the deal has been done.
Sources: The #Falcons are trading All-Pro WR Julio Jones to the #Titans in exchange for at least a 2nd round pick. A blockbuster for Tennessee, who now gets the coveted big-play threat. And Atlanta ends up with very nice value.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 6, 2021
Yes, Derrick Henry and Julio Jones will be playing on the same team.
For the Falcons, this comes down to nothing more than salary relief. They are in such dire straits that they couldn’t even sign their draft picks without making a major move of some sort. Julio has said in the past that he hoped to retire a Falcon, but as is often the case, the business side got in the way.
From the Titans’ perspective, they now pair the best power running game in the NFL with probably the best WR duo in the game in Jones and AJ Brown. Ryan Tannehill had a breakthrough season for the Titans at QB last year, and he will be the main beneficiary in this pick your poison scenario.
Tennessee is hardly the only team with multiple prominent Tide players, but you’d be hard pressed to find two more popular than Henry and Jones. This is going to be fun to watch.