The #Falcons have received calls from teams inquiring about possible trades for All-Pro WR Julio Jones, sources say. A trade could not happen for cap reasons before June 1, but teams know Atlanta’s brutal cap situation and are calling. A deal won’t happen now, but later? Maybe.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) April 26, 2021
Peter King of NBC Sports mentioned the Las Vegas Raiders, New England Patriots, Baltimore Ravens and Tennessee Titans as potential suitors.
Moving on from Jones after June 1 would save the Falcons $15.3 million on their 2021 cap. Trading him would really only make sense for Atlanta if the team is going to begin a rebuild.
Jones has spent his entire career with the Falcons and caught 51 passes for 771 yards and three touchdowns in nine games last season. His injury struggles in 2020 allowed Calvin Ridley to step in and prove himself as a valuable top wide receiver.
Jones turned 32 in February and if the Falcons rebuild, keeping a younger Ridley makes much more sense.