It sounds like The Julio Jones Era in Atlanta could be coming to a screeching halt.
The Falcons star wide receiver told Shannon Sharpe on Fox Sports 1 that he is “out of there” when asked if he is going to be traded. If he is dealt, it would open salary cap space for Atlanta and potentially give Jones a shot at winning the Super Bowl.
He reportedly requested a trade at the beginning of the offseason. A source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter that the Falcons have been talking to other teams for weeks, with the preference of trading him to an AFC team.
Several sportsbooks released odds regarding the veteran’s future on Monday. However, both books have taken down the prop market since then.
FanDuel opened Tennessee as the +175 favorite to snag Jones in a trade. The Titans are an AFC team that is probably interested in signing another big-name wideout to go along with A.J. Brown. They would likely need to give up a first-round pick to make the trade happen.
The FanDuel prop market, which was only made available to Colorado customers, listed Atlanta at +250. With all the reports coming out, it seems very unlikely that Jones is with the Falcons in the fall.
New England was priced at +500 to have Jones on its team when the season kicks off. NFL Network’s Mike Giardi reported that the Patriots have discussed the possibility of adding Jones. They have already made several moves, including adding tight ends Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith.
Bill Belichick also snagged wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. The move makes sense on both ends and Belichick has been known to sign veterans late in their career (Randy Moss).
DraftKings opened their market with the Falcons, Patriots and Chargers all at +500. Baltimore and Indianapolis were both at +600, while the Titans and Raiders were +700.
Indianapolis would be another AFC South team that would make a lot of sense. The Colts acquired Carson Wentz to play quarterback and have a promising young running back in Jonathan Taylor. If they could add Jones to a receiving corps that includes Michael Pittman Jr. and T.Y. Hilton, it would become an explosive offense.
Jones is scheduled to cost Atlanta $23.05 million against the cap in 2021. If the team moves him after June 1, it would offer some cap relief this season. He has played 10 seasons with the Falcons after getting drafted sixth overall in 2011.
His illustrious career has included leading the league in receiving twice (2015/2018) and three times in receiving yards per game (2015/2016/2018). He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and was first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.