Teams continue to debate whether a 10-year veteran pass catcher worth $15 million is a good investment or if they should simply let the player go elsewhere.
That player of course is none other than Atlanta Falcons future Hall of Fame pass catcher Julio Jones, who remains on the market.
Jones has been rumored to be ready to move to a number of teams – among those on the list include the New England Patriots, the Seattle Seahawks, the San Francisco 49ers and the Tennessee Titans.
This doesn’t mean there’s not going to be a dark horse going after Jones in the end, but since he played in just nine games a season ago and caught just 51 passes, it’s going to be a tough sell to pay him $15 million+ to come play in 2021.
One team that is OUT of the running is the Baltimore Ravens, a team that could indeed use a solid No. 2 or even No. 1 wide receiver.
The Ravens were rumored to be in the mix, and they did have the finances to make a deal with Jones happen, but the Ravens are already building a wide receiver corps by drafting Minnesota’s Rashod Bateman in the first round. Bateman will play alongside 2019 first-rounder Marquise Brown.
Baltimore is not the only team that is out of the running for Jones. Earlier this week, the Los Angeles Rams, yet another team that could use a pass catcher, pulled out of talks for the receiver.
So now what are the options for Jones, who is going to need a home in 2021? Will he stay put in Atlanta? Or will a team jump in the mix at the last minute and try to make a move for him?
That all remains to be seen, but for now it’s not a good sign that teams are quickly dropping out of the running for Jones’ services and doing so with little fanfare.