Yesterday it was announced that Julio Jones is now officially a Tennessee Titan. At one point it seemed like every NFL team was interested in acting against the Star Wide Receiver. The Titans ultimately won, and Jones will compete alongside AJ Green and Derrick Henry in 2021.
One of the teams reportedly interested in Julio Jones was the New England Patriots. It was alleged that Jones wanted to play with the Patriots quarterback Cam Newton.
Why did the Patriots inherit Julio Jones?
NFL insiders said the Atlanta Falcons wanted a first-round draft pick for Jones, but that didn’t happen. Tennessee eventually gave up the second and fourth round picks while taking on Julio Jones’ high salary in the future.
New England just wasn’t willing to pay that price for the 32-year-old wide receiver. It’s important to note that the Patriots spent more than $ 70 million on tight ends hunters Henry, Jonnu Smith and wide receiver Nelson Agholor this off-season.
The Patriots recently sniffed the swap for another experienced wide receiver, Mohamed Sanu, which cost them a draft pick in the second round. Sanu turned out to be a bust in a Pats uniform and was released during training camp in 2020.
Does Bill Belichick have another player in mind?
New England still has 16.4 million cap seats so they have room to add another star player. There were rumors that the Patriots would be considering Odell Beckham Jr. if he were to become available this season.
Another option is to sign star cornerback Stephon Gilmore on a long-term contract. Currently, Gilmore only makes $ 7 million in the final year of his contract. The Pats might decide to renew it, or the front office might see it as a dwindling asset that they’ll let go after the season.