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Chiefs Trade for Julio Jones Faces One Major Hurdle

Isaiah De Los Santos
A potential Kansas City Chiefs trade for Julio Jones will be impacted by one major factor.
A potential Kansas City Chiefs trade for Julio Jones will be impacted by one major factor. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons star wide receicer Julio Jones could find himself on a new team by the end of next week. Contenders around the league are swirling as they hope to add the future Hall of Famer.

The Kansas City Chiefs are a dark horse candidate to land Jones. But the chances of them swinging a deal depend on one major obstacle.

Julio Jones Chiefs

Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer says the Chiefs' current cap space could prohibit a Jones trade. Any team taking Jones in must be able to afford his $15.3 million salary in 2021, which KC doesn't currently have the room to accommodate.

And looking ahead to 2022, major players on the Chiefs will see pay bumps that severely limit their financial flexibility. That means sacrificing a potential first- or second-round pick just to rent Jones for one year could be hard to justify.

There's no denying the All-Pro wideout would immediately solidify Kansas City's Super Bowl hopes. He provides a perfect complement to the speedy Tyreek Hill, and Patrick Mahomes would be set up for an MVP year with that duo plus Travis Kelce at his disposal.

But, as this offseason has shown, money talks. The moderate cap relief Atlanta will get from trading Jones is what has them considering a trade of their franchise legend in the first place.

The Jones to KC dream may remain just that. However, there's no ruling out another splashy move by the Chiefs just yet.

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