The Julio Jones trade buzz was initially built around the narrative that Terry Fontenot was shopping the All-Pro due to salary cap restraints brought on by the former regime. It was directly attributed, at one point, that the cap relief from a Julio Jones trade would be used to sign the 2021 rookie class. Then in more recent reports, it was discovered that Jones initiated the conversation by requesting a trade months ago.
The reality is Fontenot could’ve done a million different things to create the cap space needed to sign this year’s draft class, but Jones’s trade demand gave him an avenue to do so — killing two birds with one stone. Now that the trade is official, both sides are adjusting to their new lives — with and without Julio Jones.
Julio Jones… he’s on a different level. #Titans pic.twitter.com/rxe0x6NHax
— Kayla Anderson (@KaylaAndersonTV) June 10, 2021
Titans players, coaches, and media are all drooling over the thought of Jones in the record-breaking offense from a year ago, but in Atlanta, the Falcons are finally starting to sign their 2021 draft class after Jones’s contract came off the books. A few days ago, the Falcons were the only team in the league yet to sign a single draft pick. Now, the first dominos have fallen in the form of Avery Williams and Ade Ogundeji getting their rookie deals done.
Congratulations to #TeamDEC client @big_ave21 on signing his rookie contract with @AtlantaFalcons pic.twitter.com/LuxLRVP8Jc
— DEC Management (@davidcanter) June 15, 2021
Falcons OLB Ade Ogundeji set to sign his rookie contract today https://t.co/ROuvHyJiEQ pic.twitter.com/MCNgpE9BDA
— D. Orlando Ledbetter (@DOrlandoAJC) June 15, 2021
The trade is completed, and Fontenot is now using the newfound cap relief to sign his first draft class.
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