Review of Packers’ Trading Outlook for Julio Jones
Imagine Aaron Rodgers returning with the Green Bay Packers and slinging assists to Davante Adams and Julio Jones.
(Also, since you’re using your imagination, pretend there’s no salary cap or that the Packers have enough room to acquire Jones.)
Jones – one of the most dangerous receivers in NFL history – is on the trading block as the Atlanta Falcons grapple with salary cap issues. As reported by Athletic’s Jeff Schultz, the Falcons are about $ 500,000 under the salary cap, but need between $ 7 million and $ 8 million to sign their draft picks. Jones, with a cap of $ 23.05 million, is one of the few players on the roster who could serve as a salary cap money tree.
Jones is a future Hall of Famer. He ranks No.1 in NFL history with 95.5 yards per game. He caught 11 passes for 259 yards and one touchdown at Green Bay in 2014 and nine passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in the NFC Championship game in 2016. But, at 32, he’s no longer an indomitable force.
Could the Packers be doing a hypothetical trade? It was an idea explored by Pro Football Talk, who went deep into their thesaurus to find the word “conjuring” to describe the obstacles to getting there.
A high-ranking team manager has said he will give the Falcons second and fourth round picks for Jones. The assumption, he said, is that the Falcons would want a first-round pick.
“Giving up one is too much,” he said via text. “Honestly, one two is too much but that’s the price I’m sure.”
In 10 seasons in the NFL, Jones was selected for seven Pro Bowls. That includes six from 2014 to 2019, when he led the NFL three times receiving yards per game. In 2020, injuries limited him to nine games. He caught 51 passes for 771 yards (15.1 on average) and three touchdowns. His 85.7 yards per game were solid, but a far cry from the ridiculous 104.6 yards per game he averaged from 2013 to 2018. In a game at Lambeau Field in Week 4 of last season, he caught all four targets for just 32 yards.
To be sure, pairing Jones with Adams could help persuade Rodgers of the team’s commitment to winning a Super Bowl with him after losing at the NFC Championship Games for the past two seasons. The Packers led the NFL with 509 points in 2020; an attack with Adams, Jones, running back Aaron Jones and tight end Robert Tonyan could be good enough to threaten the 2013 Denver Broncos league record with 606 points.
The salary cap, however, is triggering a severe wake-up call. The Packers are only $ 2.7 million below the cap, according to the latest NFLPA news.
Could they make it happen? With a restructuring of Rodgers and an extension of Adams – the Packers’ two big money trees since the start of the offseason – they could. But the danger is that Jones also has a cap of $ 19.263 million in 2022 and 2023. Based on OverTheCap.com’s projection of a salary cap of $ 203 million in 2022, Green Bay is 33.7 million. million dollars in the red.
The Packers have +900 to acquire Jones, the seventh shortest odds, according to BetOnline. However, the team did not make the receiver a top priority. In the five draft from 2016 to 2020, Green Bay was the only team not to select a receiver in the first three rounds. That streak was cut short when she caught slots catcher Amari Rodgers in the third round last month.