The Tennessee Titans offense received a badly-needed boost on Sunday, with the organization making a deal to acquire All-Pro wideout Julio Jones from the Atlanta Falcons.
The Titans will get Jones and a sixth-round pick (2023) in the trade while sending a second-round selection (2022) and a fourth-rounder (2023) to Atlanta. According to the team, the trade will become official once the 32-year-old superstar passes his physical.
Titans general manager Jon Robinson confirmed the deal in a chat with reporters on Sunday, saying both the team and the player are excited about their future together.
“Excited to add Julio to the football team,” said Robinson. “He’s excited to be part of what we’ve got going on in Nashville. It’s a big day for our team.”
Jones demanded a trade from Atlanta earlier in the offseason, and several teams, including the Seattle Seahawks and Baltimore Ravens, were interested in the star. The Falcons were initially holding out for a first-rounder, but it looks like the offer from the Titans was the best they could get at the moment.
Jones had one of his worst seasons as a pro in 2020, managing just 51 receptions for 771 yards and three touchdowns. It’s important to note that he battled injuries at various points of the season and missed seven games in total.
Jones should immediately become the No. 1 target for Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill considering the team’s lack of depth in the pass-catching department. He will be tasked with replacing the production of WR Corey Davis and tight end Jonnu Smith, who departed in free agency to join the New York Jets and New England Patriots, respectively.
Jones spent all ten years of his pro career with the Atlanta Falcons. He has seven Pro Bowl nods and five All-Pro selections while holding a number of both NFL and franchise records.