Atlanta Falcons: Not promoting Julio Jones is a sign he won’t be back
Could the Atlanta Falcons be preparing the fan base for the departure of Julio Jones? It sure seems like it.
Like they do every season, the Atlanta Falcons have created new digital products to download for fans to keep on their electronic devices featuring the team’s best players. The problem is future Hall of Fame wide receiver Julio Jones is nowhere to be found on any of them.
Calvin Ridley, Younghoe Koo, Grady Jarrett, Matt Ryan, AJ Terrell, and Chis Lindstrom are the players that they have chosen for their new digital wallpapers. Julio Jones is easily the fan base’s favorite players overall and one that most do not want to see leave for any reason.
This adds fuel to the Atlanta Falcons trade rumors about Julio
Just before the draft, it was leaked by every NFL insider that new Atlanta Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot was taking calls about the availability of Julio Jones – you may have seen the mini mushroom cloud over Atlanta when that news broke.
Fans were highly upset.
What has been verified is that the Ravens did in fact inquire about his availability – which makes sense. The Ravens want to surround Lamar Jackson with as many weapons as possible so that their offense becomes less predictable and he becomes more productive as a thrower.
If we are being honest, the Atlanta Falcons are going to have to choose between Calvin Ridley and Julio Jones. No matter how mad this will make fans, no organization is going to pay $40 million a year, which is roughly 20 percent of the cap for two receivers – it’s just simply never going to happen.
With that being the case, the franchise is going to go with the young up-and-coming receiver instead of the one who is in his 30’s.
We have roughly two weeks remaining before we will know for sure what will happen with Julio but all early signs are pointing to the franchise moving on from one of the five greatest players in franchise history.