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By now, you are getting all the Julio Jones updates you could ever want. Considering he’s one of the best wide receivers ever to play the game, seeing him on the move — even at age 32 — is exciting for a lot of fans.
Where he ends up next is anyone’s guess, but we continue to put the pieces of the puzzle together the best we can. Several NFL teams are interested in acquiring the veteran pass catcher — big surprise, right — but we now have a better idea of what the Atlanta Falcons are willing to accept for him.
There have been reports that an unknown team has offered a first-round pick for the Alabama product, but that hasn’t been confirmed and doesn’t seem likely. Why? Because the Falcons would probably have accepted such a deal by now.
On Sunday, Peter King with NBC Sports reported that the Falcons are willing to take a “hard second-round pick in 2022” in exchange for Jones. Once again, that hasn’t been confirmed, but that seems a lot more likely than a first-round pick. That ask comes with an important stipulation, however.
Here’s a snippet from King:
I was told a while ago by a source I trust that the Falcons would accept a hard second-round pick in 2022 (no condition on Jones’ playing time) with no responsibility to pay Jones any of the $38 million he has coming. That seems like the most logical outcome, and my guess is a hard second-rounder is already on the table from some team.
Considering the Falcons are up to their necks in cap issues, getting off the hook for that $38 million would give them a lot of relief over the next few years.
If Atlanta follows through with trading its five time All-Pro receiver — and all indications seem to be pointing in that direction — then it’s likely that trade could go down in the near future. Due to cap implications, deals couldn’t happen until June 1, which is Tuesday. So now, anything goes.
Stay tuned, folks.
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