As you look around the league you may start seeing some of your favorite players back on the practice field. The NFL offseason continues to move along and teams are in the middle of phase three of their offseason OTA programs. Phase three lasts from May 24 – June 18 and this is the phase where the veteran mandatory mini camps take place.
There hasn’t been much on-field action over the last couple of months, but the off -field trade rumors have kept fans’ attention.
The biggest storyline of the last couple of weeks around the NFL has been Julio Jones and where he will be playing next season. Last week during a conversation with Shannon Sharpe on Fox Sports ‘Undisputed,’ Jones stated he was “outta here” when asked about the Atlanta Falcons.
It had been reported that the Tennessee Titans, Baltimore Ravens, San Francisco 49ers, New England Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Los Angeles Chargers were teams that were interested in the 7 time Pro Bowl receiver. Some of these teams have begun dropping out of the sweepstakes, in large part due to the fact that Jones is due $15.3 million in 2021. Coming off a couple of injury plagued seasons that’s a lot of money to pay for a player that might not make it through a whole season.
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, most people around the league think that Jones will be traded to the Titans. Looking at the Titans it makes sense that they would be good fit with Jones. The team decided to let receiver Corey Davis walk in free agency and were left with A.J. Brown as the team’s only lead receiver. Paring him and Jones would make them one of the best receiving tandems in the league. Jones and Derrick Henry have been spotted recently working out together, both of them played their college ball at Alabama.
Having Jones and Brown as a play action threat would open up even more running lanes for Henry, who is coming off a 2,000 yard season. Brown has also openly been recruiting Jones on social media. There seems to be smoke to the rumors. Where there’s smoke there’s fire? Or will Jones be traded to one of the other teams mentioned.
Worth the Price
Jones is already 32 years old and has had trouble staying on the field over the last couple of years. The amount of money he’s owed and the assets it would cost to trade for him make this a risky trade. But when he’s healthy he is still one of the best receivers in the league and a future hall of farmer.
Any team that is looking for a missing piece to take their offense to the next level should consider trading for him. For the Titans, if they want to compete with Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs in the AFC, they better do whatever they can to upgrade their offense.