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There were a number of teams that were reportedly in the mix for Atlanta Falcons veteran pass catcher Julio Jones.
After rumors for weeks about teams like the 49ers, Seahawks, Patriots and Chargers, the Tennessee Titans snuck in and got the services of Jones.
The Falcons gave up a 2023 draft pick to the Titans for a 2nd-round pick in the 2022 NFL Draft and a 4th-round pick in the 2023 Draft.
Another team that had interest in Jones is the New York Jets, who are looking for a playmaker on their new offense that will be led by quarterback Zach Wilson, who was the 2nd pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
While there’s no doubt that the Jets could have used a playmaker, it also makes sense to pass on the veteran wide out for a variety of reasons.
1. He’s owed $32 million in the next two seasons, and at 32 years old he’s falling off fast. Last season, he caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three scores.
Two years ago, he had 99 catches for 1,394 and six touchdowns.
2. Jones would have to fight for playing time, had he wound up with a deal with the Jets.
New York already has some pass catchers who should either improve or help Wilson out in his rookie season. Among the pass catchers on the team are second-year man Denzel Mims.
Another player coming in who was the 34th pick in the last draft was Ole Miss receiver Elijah Moore. He’s expected to be an impact player. Finally there is Jamison Crowder, who is in the middle of a contract dispute with the Jets.
3. The Jets are going to have to learn the hard and the very young way on how to play on offense with young pass catchers.
Mims, Moore and Crowder all are expected to have big 2021 seasons for the Jets – three players who could step up and make big plays for Wilson and the offense.
If Jones would have signed with New York, who knows how many passes would have even been tossed his way, and you know how WRs get when they don’t get the ball.
Let’s see how Julio does in Nashville, and how the three WRs for the Jets do step up and perform.