The New England Patriots appear to be completing a trade with the Atlanta Falcons to acquire Julio Jones.
It appears that the Atlanta Falcons are finalizing a trade that will send superstar wide receiver Julio Jones to the New England Patriots. It’s been a busy offseason for the Patriots, who spent heavily in free agency. I reported this news to Twitter with no further details. My source shared nothing else.
Julio Jones had named the Patriots as his favorite landing place, with the Tennessee Titans in second. New England has so much trade capital and the cap to absorb the big Jones contract. This was much more of a challenge for the Titans.
My forte is not to break big news. What I do is tell you what I am hearing from the NFL and other football sources. I broke the Will Muschamp story when he was fired from South Carolina and successfully predicted the 49ers trading up with the Miami Dolphins to select Trey Lance.
As the story develops, rumors of compensation coming out have been that the Patriots are looking at giving up a second-round pick in 2022, a day three pick, and a player, per Benjamin Albright. Rumors are that the Patriots have offered wide receiver N’Keal Harry. My initial guess was a second-round pick and a sixth or seventh.
Why hasn’t the Julio Jones trade been announced yet?
The trade is waiting on June 1st, a crucial date for the Atlanta Falcons and their cap situation. If the trade were to happen before June 1st, the Atlanta Falcons would be strapped with $23M in dead cap money. After June 1st, that number decreases to just $8M, saving the Falcons $15M in dead cap in 2021. Currently, the Falcons don’t have the cap space to sign their own NFL Draft class, and can’t absorb that kind of money.
Julio Jones is still very much one of the best receivers in the NFL, even at 32 years old. Last season, he struggled with injuries and missed four games.
This trade was accelerated by the phone call Jones had on Undisputed with Shannon Sharpe. Jones said he was “outta there” when referring to Atlanta.