Three days before Julio Jones’ trade window officially opens, there is still no clear and obvious destination for one of the NFL’s top receivers.
In league circles, the current expectation is that eventually the Falcons will send Jones to the Titans for a second round pick.
It’s not a report that the Titans have offered or will offer a second-round pick, or that the Falcons will take a second-round pick for Jones. They continue to want a first round for Jones, with the Falcons contributing nothing to his salary in 2021 or 2022. It just reflects the current thinking of people with knowledge of the likely outcome of it all.
The widespread belief that the Titans will get Jones for a second-round pick further undermines the ESPN report that the Falcons have a 2022 first-round pick on the table for Jones. However, it is possible that the ESPN report is incomplete. As a source with knowledge of the dynamics explained last night, there’s a very good chance someone put a 2022 first-round pick on the table in exchange for Jones and more – perhaps as much as a pick. second round 2022.
Given that the Falcons will likely select high in the second round next year, a 2022 first-round pick for Julio and the Falcons’ 2022 second-round pick is a lesser deal than the second-round pick they possibly could. have to accept.
The Falcons continue to grapple with the idea that they’ll only get a second-round pick for Jones and worry about the perception among their fans that they don’t have enough. Beyond getting a second-round pick for receiver Mohamed Sanu, the Falcons gave up a second-round pick and a fifth-round pick for tight end Hayden Hurst and a fourth-round pick, and the Falcons decided after one season not to choose his fifth-year option.
The average fan will not easily realize the benefit of a lower salary cap. It will be up to the Falcons to make the fans understand that, if they only get a second round pick for Jones.
Period. Don’t rule out the Patriots making a last-second game for Jones. Beyond the report that they had “internal discussions” about Jones, there have been no reports linking New England to Jones. And that’s generally how it goes with the Patriots. Nobody knows much until the deal is done.
As of Wednesday, this will be the case.