Julio Jones signs with Brady and the Bucs

Whether veteran WR Julio Jones has much left in the tank remains to be seen, but it won't hurt the Bucs to add him to already deep WR group.

The NFL’s leading receiver since 2014 has a new home, as veteran wide receiver Julio Jones signed a one-year deal with Tampa Bay on Wednesday.

Jones gives quarterback Tom Brady another weapon following Brady’s unretirement. The seven-time Pro Bowl wideout joins a group that includes Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Breshad Perriman. Tampa Bay also signed another former Falcon in Russell Gage this offseason.

Godwin had offseason surgery following a torn ACL, so he will not begin practicing yet. Veteran tight end Kyle Rudolph was also added to the roster last week following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.

Jones was released by Tennessee in March, which came just one season after being acquired in a trade with Atlanta. He appeared in just 10 games last year due to injuries, posting career lows in receptions (31), yards (434) and touchdowns (1). Jones has now dealt with injuries in consecutive seasons after appearing in just nine games in 2020.

His 91.9 receiving yards per game is the best per-game average in NFL history. He leads the NFL in receiving yards since 2014, while Evans leads the league in touchdown receptions (75) during that span.

The Buccaneers currently have the second-shortest odds to win the Super Bowl, with their +700 price tag sitting behind only Buffalo (+600) in the DraftKings futures market. Tampa Bay is the +300 ‘chalk’ to win the NFC, putting the Buccaneers ahead of the Packers (+450) and Rams (+500).

Brady is tied for the second-shortest price to lead the league in passing yards at +800 and is third on the list to have the most touchdown passes (+650). Jones has not been added to any of the player futures markets as of Wednesday afternoon.

However, his addition to Tampa Bay’s roster did shake things up in one prop market. Customers at Caesars Sportsbook took the ‘under’ on Gage’s season-long receiving yards total following the Jones signing.

Caesars moved Gage’s total from 750.5 yards to 575.5 after taking seven bets of at least $1,000, according to Caesars editorial content writer Max Meyer. Gage’s touchdown total also moved from 4.5 to 3.5 following the betting action.

Tampa Bay’s Super Bowl odds also saw a slight shift from +750 to +700 at Caesars on Tuesday.

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