Julio Jones might be on the trade block and the New Orleans Saints would be ecstatic if he did indeed leave the NFC South. Jeff Schultz of The Athletic wrote an article on how the Falcons ‘may’ trade Jones and went into the details of what needs to happen for this trade to take place (you must be a subscriber to read the article).
Jones has been a member of the Falcons for 10 years after Atlanta traded up to draft him in the 2011 NFL Draft. It was well worth it for the Falcons but Saints fans haven’t enjoyed having to go up against the former Alabama wide receiver twice a year for the past decade.
Jones is notorious for crushing the Saints and has totaled over 100 yards receiving against them six times during his career while coming close (90+ yards) in five other games. While he hasn’t scored a touchdown against the Saints since Jan. 1, 2017, to say that Jones has been a pain in the Saints’ side over the last decade would be an understatement.
The Saints would love to see Julio Jones leave the NFC South.
Some of the teams said to be interested in Jones per Schultz’s article are the Chargers, Patriots, Ravens, and Titans, amongst others. Any of these teams would be ideal because not only would Jones be leaving the division, but he’d leave the entire NFC conference as well. The Falcons wouldn’t want to have to face Jones much after trading him, so this makes sense.
As the Falcons look to rebuild, trading Jones is a smart move and I’m not just saying that because I don’t want him in the division anymore. Even at 32 years old, Jones is still one of the best wide receivers in the league. He has the ability to take over games and that has to be worth a high draft pick or two. He might be one of the few players Atlanta can get anything for so they need to take advantage while he’s still playing at a high level.
If the Falcons do trade Jones, Saints fans everywhere will be thrilled. No more will they have to see him torch this secondary for over 90 yards receiving. He’ll be another division’s problem.