Julio Jones declares he’s done in Atlanta
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones says he’s done with the franchise. Jones made this declaration on Monday’s edition of Undisputed when host Shannon Sharpe called him on air and put him on speakerphone.
"Oh no, I'm outta there man." – Julio Jones to Shannon Sharpe on playing for the Falcons, while on speakerphone on national television ….. pic.twitter.com/t86PgAOqS9
— Will Brinson (@WillBrinson) May 24, 2021
This is absolutely wild, and one has to wonder if Jones actually knew this was being blasted out on live television. If he did, he’s clearly sending a strong message. If he didn’t … welp.
The trade rumors have been swirling around Jones recently as the Falcons try to get out of cap hell. Atlanta doesn’t have to trade him, but it’s one of the few options left to get out of the messy cap situation.
With these rumors flying around, Julio Jones is now apparently done with the franchise and ready to take his talents elsewhere. He was asked if he wanted a trade to the Dallas Cowboys, but he said no and that he wants to win.
Jones was recently seen working out with pal Derrick Henry, the star running back for the Tennessee Titans. The Titans were rumored as a possible trade destination for Jones, but their cap situation is tricky. The New England Patriots have also been rumored as a suitor. Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has done some recruiting of his own.
The Falcons would like to get draft compensation in return for Jones, but they probably won’t get the first-round pick they initially wanted at this point.
The 32-year-old Jones dealt with injury issues last season and played just nine games, but he managed to catch 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns. He had a huge season in 2019 and led the NFL in receiving yards in 2018 with 1,677.
When healthy, Julio Jones is still a formidable force out wide. With this declaration on live television, it will be interesting to see where this saga turns next.