Moving Julio Jones Remains The Top Option For The Falcons To Help Their Salary Cap

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The Atlanta Falcons say are going to move No. 1 wide receiver Julio Jones, and now they have a better idea of what they want for him.

The 32-year-old Jones is set to make $15.3 million guaranteed for the 2021 season. One reason the Falcons are still looking to move Jones is that they need money to sign their draft picks.

Atlanta has the likes of Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage at the wide out spot, so it’s not like they would be out of options without Jones.

Moving Jones probably wouldn’t go over well with the Falcons faithful, but it might be the smartest move they could make to get closer to playing in a Super Bowl again.

A few years back, the Falcons played in the big game, sitting with a 28-3 halftime lead before they blew it against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots.

Since then, the Falcons haven’t won much, but they realize that moving Jones might be the start to rebuilding their way back to success.

The Falcons were reportedly asking teams for a first-round pick for Jones before the draft a few weeks back, but as was often the case, no team took the bait.

Jones reportedly wants to join Bill Belichick and the Patriots so he can play for fellow former NFC South quarterback Cam Newton, who left Carolina to go to New England.

The Falcons have just $357,027 in salary-cap room and cannot sign draft picks until they free up more space. Moving Jones makes the most sense – but can they make it happen?

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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  1. Hey Cliff…”rock and a hard place” time for Atlanta…and other teams know that, of course lol.
    Falcons can’t sign future-star TE Pitts or other picks (as you pointed out), unless they can get Julio’s 2021 $15M salary off the books after June 1st. NO WAY would they release him; he still has several good years left, but other teams that want Julio will offer less knowing the Falcons’ house is on fire.

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