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Rumor: Falcons’ trade deadline plans for Julio Jones, Matt Ryan

Falcons, Julio Jones, Matt Ryan

More than a week remains before the NFL trade deadline hits on Nov. 3, and the trade rumors are heating up. Among those who have been involved in the rumor mill are Atlanta Falcons stars Julio Jones and Matt Ryan.

However, according to NFL Insider Ian Rapoport, a trade isn’t happening:

While it’s always fun to throw around big names, a few to cross off are Falcons stars Matt Ryan and Julio Jones. Source said neither will be traded at the deadline, despite the 1-5 record and firing of Dan Quinn. Along with the fact that both would be very cap-unfriendly moves, one source described the rumored thought to be “ridiculous.”

The Falcons have been the subject of a ton of trade rumors as the deadline looms. With their bad start to the 2020 season, many thought that a full teardown in Atlanta could be in place. The Falcons already moved on from head coach Dan Quinn and general manager Thomas Dimitroff not long ago.

However, it doesn’t seem like the Falcons are ready to move on from their two studs despite holding a paltry 1-5 record. Perhaps that changes in the future as Atlanta looks to make changes. The 31-year old Jones signed a three-year, $66 million deal in 2019, while the 35-year-old Ryan will make $30 million a year until 2023.

With this report, it seems like Atlanta will stick with its two franchise players for the time being. Nonetheless, nothing is set in stone just yet, and there’s always a chance the Falcons get a Godfather offer they can’t refuse.