Falcons fans are in a scramble today after Shannon Sharpe called Julio Jones on Undisputed this morning, and Jones told Sharpe that he was “out of there [Atlanta].” It’s not clear if Jones knew he was on the air, but this has to hurt Atlanta’s leverage in any potential trade seriously. Now, more details are emerging about Jones and the Falcons.
Atlanta has asked teams that have inquired about Julio Jones for a first-round draft pick in return, per sources. Others around the league don’t believe the Falcons ultimately will get a first for the perennial Pro-Bowl wide receiver.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) May 24, 2021
Clarity on the situation between the #Falcons and WR Julio Jones: The All-Pro requested a trade from the organization a few months ago, sources say, and the team then agreed to listen to offers. That’s how it began and why it continues.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) May 24, 2021
The floodgates have really opened now, and it seems more likely than ever that one of the greatest players in franchise history will be in another uniform in 2021. Not only would trading Jones sting, but if the Falcons fail to get a first-round pick or an impact player on defense, this becomes even more of a loss. While the past regime’s mistakes still loom, Terry Fontenot better hope the Falcons find success quickly because fan approval is plummeting to a near all-time low.
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