Wide receiver Julio Jones has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, ESPN reported on Tuesday. The 33-year-old player will join fellow veteran Tom Brady in Tampa as he hopes to make a comeback from an underwhelming season with the Tennessee Titans.
Drafted sixth overall in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Atlanta Falcons, Jones has become the Falcons’ all-time leader in catches (848) and yards (12,896) and is only second in touchdown receptions (63) to Roddy White. Most impressively, Jones is the NFL’s all-time leader in receiving yards per game, with an average of 91.9.
Jones’s tenure with the Titans proved to be less prosperous than his time in Atlanta, with Tennessee deciding to release him in March; just a year after acquiring him from the Falcons. Still, he remains an attractive trade prospect, leading the NFL in receiving yards since 2014.
Upon signing for the Buccaneers, Jones will join the ranks of Breshad Perriman, Chris Godwin, Mike Evans, Scotty Miller, Tyler Johnson, and Russell Gage, who, like Jones is also a former Falcon.
In addition to reinforcing its strong pool of receivers, the Buccaneers also recruited veteran tight end, Kyle Rudolph, to fill the vacant spot left by Rob Gronkowski, who retired last week.