What the Saints would love to see: Julio Jones unofficially traded
Teams can unofficially agree to a trade for superstar Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, but according to NBC Sports’ Mike Florio, “Jones can be had via an unofficial trade that becomes official on June 2.”
Getting Jones out of the NFC South would be lovely. He’s been traumatizing the Falcons even if he’s not the one doing all the damage. The impact that Jones has is unmatched, but his time as a top-tier receiver is slowly coming to an end.
Especially on the Falcons, Jones isn’t being used as frequently as he could be on a contending team. Trading Julio would also signal that the Falcons are truly going into a rebuilding mode, and a deal involving Matt Ryan could be next on the table.
The 35-year-old Ryan is in the same boat, but he doesn’t have the same allure to a franchise. Jones should be dealt if he’s on the table, and with the No. 4 pick, the Falcons could opt to take a quarterback like Justin Fields or Trey Lance.
Jones is the first domino to fall, and while it can’t be 100 percent official, any news would be lovely to hear for the Saints, who play Atlanta twice this season. Draft day seems like a good time to start the rebuild for Atlanta since they have a top-five pick.