NFL News and Rumors

3 Most Likely Trade Destinations for Deion Jones

Larry Rupp
Three of the most likely trade destinations for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones.
Three of the most likely trade destinations for Atlanta Falcons linebacker Deion Jones. / Rich Barnes-USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Falcons made an effort to add depth at linebacker this offseason by drafting Troy Andersen in the second round and signing Rashaan Evans in free agency. Those moves could make Deion Jones expendable, as the 27-year-old has two years remaining on a big contract.

There's no way for Atlanta to avoid Jones' $24 million dead cap hit this season, but the Falcons could save nearly $13 million by getting him off the books in 2023. That's a lot of money for a rebuilding team to take advantage of, so here's a look at three of the most likely trade destinations for Jones.

Deion Jones Trade Rumors

1. Washington Commanders

The Washington Commanders need help at linebacker. Cole Holcomb shines on Ron Rivera's defense, but Jamin Davis failed to produce in his eight starts during his rookie year. Having a veteran mentor to guide the way alongside him would be a huge advantage. It's worth noting that Jones has posted at least 106 tackles and 6 pass breakups in each of the last two seasons. He has also played in all 32 games during that span. The consistency he brings is worth the cost of a trade for the Commanders.

2. Las Vegas Raiders

While Las Vegas has a stud in Denzel Perryman leading the linebacking core, the rest of the group is rather unproven. Jayon Brown hasn't started more than 10 games in a season since 2019 and Micah Kiser has 100 career tackles to his name. Meanwhile, Jones is a Pro Bowl-caliber talent that has accumulated a whopping five pick-sixes in his career. His playmaking could take the Raiders' defense to another level.

3. Los Angeles Rams

Yes, the Rams signed veteran Bobby Wagner to headline the middle of their defense. However, that shouldn't put them out of the running to trade for Jones. Los Angeles' defensive coordinator Raheem Morris spent time with the Falcons organization in 2020-21 and helped Jones develop into the tackling machine he is today. A reunion could be in the works considering the rest of LA's linebacking core includes the likes of Christian Rozeboom, Travin Howard, and Ernest Jones. Adding Jones could help LA get back to the Super Bowl next year.

SIGN UP NOW. $1,000 risk-free on FanDuel Sportsbook! . dark

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.