As their nonchalance ignites in a full-blown fire sale, it’s unclear what the Falcons will get for wide receiver Julio Jones in a trade.
Ahead of the draft, it seems pretty clear that they could have secured a second-round pick while offloading the full amount of his guaranteed salary of $ 15.3 million.
The Falcons were indeed looking for a first-round pick for Jones when they tried to set up a pre-draft trade after June 1 for Jones. The choice would have changed hands in 2022 at the earliest, as the Falcons want to wait until June 2 to finalize the deal, for capping reasons. As we understand, they could have gotten a second round pick at that point – without paying any of his wages. They refused.
Now things have changed. Teams that might have been interested devoted first- or second-round picks to receivers. Now they have moved on.
So who is interested now? Simms said on PFT and direct that Jones has his eyes on the Titans and Patriots. Do they have their eyes on him?
More broadly, is anyone? The Falcons are determined to get at least one second-round pick for Jones because they got a second-round pick for Mohamed Sanu. The question remains whether and to what extent the Falcons will have to pay a portion of his salary in order to facilitate a trade – and whether their priority is to maximize trade compensation or minimize the remaining cap.