That’s right, Julio Jones is headed to the Tennessee Titans.
After weeks of waiting around and seeing where the top-tier Receiver might land, Atlanta has struck a deal with the Titans.
The way things are looking, the Titans will be giving up a second and fourth-round pick for the star receiver. Tennessee will also receive a 2023 sixth-round pick from Atlanta. Some minor details are still being worked out in the trade, but sources say it’s all set to happen. The Titans will take Jones’ $15.3M salary this year as well as the remainder of his contract.
What Tennessee is getting
We all know what a healthy Julio is capable of, the only question is how will his age factor in. In nine games last season, Julio had 771 yards with only three touchdowns. In 15 games the season before, Jones raked in 99 catches for just under 1,400 yards and six touchdowns. This is the kind of season that Tennessee is hoping to get out of Julio this year.
Julio has had a very efficient career excluding last season. From 2014 to 2019, Jones managed to get at least 1,300 receiving yards in each of those six seasons. In 2015 as well as 2018, he led the league in receiving yards. Jones also led the league in catches in 2015, and most yards per game in three separate seasons.
Julio’s career numbers are the definition of elite. Jones has 848 catches and over 12,800 yards in just ten seasons played. If Jones can stay healthy and play for four or five more years, he should easily be able to fall into at least the third all-time leading receiver, passing Terrell Owens. Jones currently sits 20th in all-time yards.
What Tennessee is capable of
This deal is huge for the Titans. Not only is it a steal, but it just bolstered their playoff hopes incredibly. Jones will join with breakout star A.J. Brown in hopes to bring Tennessee one of the best one-two punches in the league. Brown managed to pull in over 1,000 yards on his first two seasons and hopes to up the numbers this upcoming season. Tennessee also pulled in former Rams receiver Josh Reynolds in the offseason which may help more than the team realizes.
We all know the Titans have one of the best rushers in the NFL in Derrick Henry. Henry has led the league in rushing for the past two seasons and rushed for over 2,000 last season. This made him just the eighth player in NFL history to do so. Bringing in Jones may give Henry a bit of a break, and will open up their passing game immensely.
Let’s not forget that Ryan Tannehill is no slouch either. After leaving Miami, Tannehill has been on a tear. He won Comeback Player of the Year in 2019 after leading the titans to a 7-3 starting record, as well as a 2-1 playoff record. Tannehill led the NFL in passer rating in 2019 as well as average yards per play. He passed for 33 touchdowns last season and rushed for 7, look for him to keep improving with the team.
No matter how you look at it, this is huge for the Titans and this should give them a huge playoff push. Jones gets out of Atlanta like he wanted and gets a younger QB with a bit more in the tank than Matt Ryan.
It should be fun to see what Tennessee can do with this year’s 17-game season.