Get Ready To Pay Plenty If You Want To Acquire Falcons WR Julio Jones

Trade talks regarding Julio Jones of the Atlanta Falcons simply won’t go away. On Tuesday, the veteran’s name came up again.

This time, the discussion wasn’t so much about which team has interest in Jones (there are quite a few), but about the compensation that the Falcons are asking for. Let’s be honest — it’s a LOT.

Reports say that the Falcons want a first-round draft pick next season and a player or two.

That’s asking a lot for a wide out who is 32 years old and who played in just nine games a season ago, catching only 51 passes.

Another massive factor is his 2021 salary cap number. TheBigLead.com reports that if Jones can be moved this week, “they can spread his dead-cap hit (a hefty $40 million) over the next two seasons instead of eating it all in 2021.”

This season, Jones is due to make $15.3 million. That kind of money is more appropriate for a No. 1 wide receiver, not one who is going to make only 50-some catches.

We will see whether any team that has been on the list for a while (the 49ers, Seahawks, Titans and Patriots) is desperate enough to pull the trigger and get the job done – or whether Jones sticks around in the ATL for the 2021 season, despite his high cap number.

Written by Matt Loede

Matt has been a part of the Cleveland Sports landscape working in the media since 1994 when he graduated from broadcasting school. His coverage beats include the Cleveland Indians, Cleveland Browns and Cleveland Cavaliers. He's written three books, and won the "2020 AP Sports Stringer Lifetime Service Award."

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