The Atlanta Falcons need to bring Julio Jones back to Atlanta

Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports
Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones (11) Mandatory Credit: Jason Getz-USA TODAY Sports /

Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones was a surprise cut this afternoon as the Titans and Jones parted ways opening up the possibility of a reunion. Julio Jones and the Atlanta Falcons parted ways last year when Jones was tired of losing and perhaps had frustration with the previous Atlanta front office.

Could Atlanta mend fences and bring back their star? Julio may not be the player he once was but he certainly would be an asset and a much-needed addition for a team desperate to find help at the receiver position.

The cut comes only a season after Julio joined the Titans in an injury-plagued season that saw A.J. Brown solidify himself as the Titans’ number one option. Julio was an unneeded commodity and became a cap casualty.

The Atlanta Falcons bringing Julio Jones back would be a perfect move for a franchise needing the production Julio still can bring

If Atlanta were able to bring Julio back they wouldn’t be getting the elite player Julio was for nearly a decade. Instead, they are getting a veteran receiver that can still make an impact and requires a lot of defensive attention in the right scheme.

Jones managed only 434-receiving yards his first year with the Titans he struggled to stay healthy and simply put wasn’t the same player. However, there is no reason to think as a number two receiver Jones cannot still be a productive part of an offense.

Bringing him back to Atlanta wouldn’t fix the issues at receiver but it is a step in the right direction. Atlanta could expect Julio to come back and replicate his final season with the Falcons. Julio finished with 771-receiving yards and scored three times for Atlanta during the 2020 season.

The best-case scenario for Atlanta would be signing Julio, drafting a receiver, and signing Jarvis Landry who is set to visit Atlanta as my colleague breaks down here. Julio back in an Atlanta Falcons jersey feels like the perfect move no matter who is under center this season for Atlanta and would bring some much needed production.

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