Derrick Henry took a break from his insane offseason workouts to comment on the recent Julio Jones trade speculation. The Titans are an obvious landing spot for the former Alabama star receiver, considering their remaining need at receiver.
So when the question was posed about a potential landing spot for Julio, Henry was quick to respond.
As things currently stand, A.J. Brown is set to be absolutely peppered with targets in 2021. Newly signed Josh Reynolds is your likely No. 2 option, and from there it’s anyone’s guess. Cam Batson, Chester Rogers, Nick Westbrook-Ikhine are in the mix, along with draft picks Dez Fitzpatrick and Racey McMath.
The Falcons have about $1 million in cap space left, which has created the Jones trade rumors. The problem for the Titans is that they’ve only got $3 million in space left, creating a big issue for a potential deal. Jones is set to count $23 million dollars against the cap in 2021 with a base salary of just over $15 million.
If Atlanta were to trade Jones, they would have to wait until after June 1st. Moving Julio makes sense for the Falcons, who could clear cap and pull something in return for the aging star. Now 32 years old, Jones appeared in just nine games for Atlanta in 2020, catching 51 passes for 771 yards and three scores. He’s signed through the 2023 season.
The Titans still have a glaring need at receiver after Corey Davis and Adam Humphries moved on. Tight end Jonnu Smith also left, leaving the list of playmakers for Ryan Tannehill pretty short. The move makes sense from that standpoint, but could Tennessee make the numbers work?
Also, what would you be willing to give up for a guy who is pretty clearly past his prime? For me, it’s not a whole lot. The Titans probably aren’t done adding receivers, but it seems more likely that they’ll go the bargain-bin route sometime during training camp.