The Atlanta Falcons were presented with a clear choice this offseason: pick a quarterback at No. 4 and enter a rebuild, or select a position player and keep the core of the team intact. They went with the latter, taking dynamic tight end Kyle Pitts in Round 1.
However, things may not be so cut and dry. Trade rumors have surrounded Julio Jones all offseason. While the Pitts selection should've theoretically quieted those talks, the whispers about Jones have only grown louder recently.
Not only is Atlanta reportedly open to dealing the seven-time Pro Bowler, but the organization's asking price is a lot lower than you might think.
Julio Jones Trade
Albert Breer seems to believe that Atlanta would only need a second-round pick to part with Jones this offseason. Considering the team was hoping to land a first-round pick for Jones in the pre-draft period, this is a bit surprising.
But it's not hard to understand why the Falcons may be motivated to get a deal done. Financially, this team is in real trouble. Atlanta currently has the third-least available cap space, and its projected to be over the cap in 2022 as well. That's hard to stomach considering the team finished 4-12 in 2020 and hasn't made the playoffs since 2017.
Moving on from Jones, who has a cap hit totaling $61 million over the next three seasons, could give the organization some much-needed flexibility. And with ready-made replacements in Kyle Pitts and Calvin Ridley, Atlanta could still field an elite skill-position group even if it were to move on from the legendary wideout.
While the decision to potentially trade a Hall-of-Fame caliber talent for below-market value may be a surprise for a team that seemed to signal it didn't want to rebuild, dealing Jones would really help the Falcons financially.
In the NFL, that's no small thing.
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