He’s still one of the best wide outs in the NFL, but for Julio Jones, there’s been plenty of detractors that say that the 32-year-old from Foley, Alabama should hang it up.
Jones though has gas in the tank, coming off a season in which he played in and started nine games, catching 51 passes for 771 yards and three scores.
The receiver, who has played his entire 10-year career with the Atlanta Falcons, wants to keep playing, but it just might be for another squad.
One team that is reportedly in the mix is that of the New England Patriots, a team that has undergone a huge shift in their roster since Tom Brady bailed prior to last season.
Last season former Carolina Panthers Cam Newton was the starter most of the year for the Pats, but the team struggled as did Newton, and this year the team wants more consistency from the offense.
Will they get it? Would Jones work his way into getting a trade done so he can play alongside Newton?
One report from NBC Sports Boston’s Michael S. Holley says “a little birdie” told him Jones wants to play with Newton and legendary coach Bill Belichick.
Last year it was tough for the Pats to get any consistency at the receiver spot. You had James White (49 catches, 375 yards), Jakobi Meyers (59/729), Damiere Byrd (47/604), and N’Keal Harry (33/309), players that many feel long term are just not good enough to get it done long term.
But can Jones?
Sure if a deal can be worked out – and if there’s one team that usually gets want they wants, it’s the Patriots.
If they want Jones on their roster, look for at least discussions to try and make it happen.