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Falcons could still make Julio Jones trade this offseason

5/3/2021 7:31:28 PM
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A decade after the Atlanta Falcons traded up for Julio Jones in the 2021 NFL Draft, the All-Pro wide receiver and future Hall of Fame inductee could be entering his final weeks with the organization, Matt Johnson of Sportsnaut reports.

The Falcons are in a difficult spot financially. Due to a series of bad contracts given out by the previous regime, new general manager Terry Fontenot walks into a challenging situation. Atlanta is less than $1 million under the 2021 NFL salary cap, not even enough room to sign their draft picks.

While there are a few contract restructures and cuts that could be made, one move stands out. Trading Julio Jones, which was on the table during the NFL Draft and is still being considered right now.

NBC Sports’ Peter King said that the Falcons could still trade Jones this season, with Fontenot potentially seeking a 2022 second-round pick in return for the All-Pro receiver.

While Atlanta would have loved to add another top talent via trade in Round 2, it didn’t make financial sense for the organization. Desperate for cap space, the best way to create savings is by trading Jones after June 1. If a deal is designated post-June 1, the Falcons create $16 million in cap space.

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