New Orleans Saints need to avoid Julio Jones like the plague

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The New Orleans Saints are all too familiar with Julio Jones considering the decade he spent in the NFC South as a member of the Falcons. Atlanta traded Jones last offseason to the Titans and now, after just one season, Tennessee released Jones to save money, per Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter.

As mentioned above, Jones spent 10 years in Atlanta and was a huge weapon for the Falcons, totaling over 1,000 yards in all but three of his 10 seasons there. Upon arriving in Nashville, Jones appeared in just 10 games and only had 31 catches for 434 yards and one touchdown.

With the downward spiral in production paired with Jones not being able to stay healthy, this is not someone New Orleans should be targeting.

New Orleans Saints need to steer clear of Julio Jones

Yes, the Saints desperately need help at the wide receiver position but Jones isn’t the answer. At 33 years old, Jones isn’t a spring chicken anymore and this past season proved just that. The Titans hoped he’d help improve their offense but he wasn’t healthy for a chunk of the season and when he was, he didn’t make much of a difference.

If the Saints are going to add a wide receiver in free agency, it needs to be one that doesn’t have an injury history. Jones was absolutely one of the best wide receivers in the league just a few years ago but he isn’t that guy anymore.

New Orleans still has Michael Thomas, Marquez Callaway, and Deonte Harris on their roster who are all better options than Jones at this stage in his career. The team doesn’t need to be investing in players who can’t stay healthy.

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What do you think Saints fans? Do you want to see New Orleans make a run at Julio Jones in free agency or do you agree that the team should avoid him?