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Matt Ryan Reacts to Julio Jones Trade Rumors

Larry Rupp
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts to the trade rumors surrounding wide receiver Julio Jones.
Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan reacts to the trade rumors surrounding wide receiver Julio Jones. / Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Atlanta Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan has been throwing to an All-Pro wide receiver in Julio Jones for the last 10 NFL seasons. It would be hard to imagine he was anything but worried when he heard about the trade rumors that keep circulating around Jones this offseason.

Ryan spoke on the topic recently and explained how Jones has had such a major impact on his career. Keeping Jones on the roster this season would likely give the Falcons one last shot to make a deep playoff run before Ryan really starts to near the end of his time in the league.

Overall, Ryan has built a great relationship with Jones, but he knows that this league is a business.

"I love Julio. I've been so lucky to play with him for the past decade, and he's an unbelievable player. From a teammate, from a player standpoint, he's my teammate. He's my guy. And you let the other side of it shake out how it is.

Matt Ryan

The duo of Ryan and Jones has been dominant over the last decade. The veteran QB has won an MVP award and been named to an AP All-Pro first team. Jones is a seven-time Pro Bowler and was named to the All-2010s Hall of Fame team. These two players also made a Super Bowl appearance together during the 2016 season.

When it comes down to it, Atlanta's decision about whether or not trading Jones is a good idea will simply come down to the team's cap space and future plans. However, it is no surprise that Ryan would like to keep the dynamic playmaker around for one more playoff push.

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