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Falcons GM Explains Main Reason Behind Deion Jones Trade

Tyler Maher
Atlanta Falcons GM Terry Fontenot explained the reason for the Deion Jones trade.
Atlanta Falcons GM Terry Fontenot explained the reason for the Deion Jones trade. / ASSOCIATED PRESS
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Whenever an established, talented player is traded away, fans want to know why. That's probably how Atlanta Falcons fans were feeling on Monday after learning that the team had traded away former Pro Bowl linebacker Deion Jones to the Cleveland Browns in exchange for a 2024 sixth-round pick.

Falcons GM Terry Fontenot explained the move in a statement released on Monday.

Deion Jones Trade

While Fontenot didn't provide a specific reason for the trade, he noted the team's emphasis on improving the entire roster and evaluating every position. Apparently, the Falcons felt that Jones was no longer a good use of a roster spot.

In Fontenot's defense, Jones wasn't doing anything to help Atlanta this year. He's spent the entire season on the IR after undergoing offseason shoulder surgery. Perhaps the team feared that he would not be the same player when he returns and wanted to extract what value they could for him.

The Falcons have also been surprisingly competitive thus far, going 2-3 and keeping every game within one possession. While a 2024 draft pick won't help them this year, it's possible that Jones wouldn't have been able to contribute this season, either. Atlanta currently has +580 odds of making the playoffs on FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL odds.

Jones leaves the Falcons after playing in 85 games (83 starts) from 2016-2021. The former second-round draft pick helped Atlanta reach the Super Bowl as a rookie with 3 interceptions in 2016, including a league-leading 2 pick-sixes. He finishes his Falcons career with 11 interceptions, 5 of which he returned for touchdowns.

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