Julio Jones is one of the few headline names still left in free agency. The former Atlanta Falcons receiver is coming off of the worst season of his career and was released by the Titans with a year left on his deal.
This has led to obvious off-season speculation as to whether Julio Jones could be looking to join a contender or be heading back to Atlanta? It seems more likely Jones will be looking to join a contending team to add the one thing his current resume lacks.
Looking around the league two fits in particular stick out, Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers or Matt Ryan and the Colts. Green Bay makes a level of sense when you consider how often Rodgers has been able to elevate the receivers around him. No matter who the Packers bring in Rodgers seemingly finds a way to make it work and push his team to the playoffs.
However, when Green Bay does make the playoffs they are often bounced in the first round and struggle to find any level of playoff success since their run to the Super Bowl a decade ago. Julio’s best fit is reuniting with Matt Ryan in Indy.
While the road to a Super Bowl in the AFC is arguably more difficult the Colts have a more complete roster and could give Jones a contributing role. Add in the fact Jones will be reunited with the quarterback who trusts him and was a part of much of his success in Ryan and the fit makes far too much sense not to happen.
Tampa Bay and Kansas City are two other contenders who could add depth at receiver but neither location would give Julio a role large enough to bounce back. In Indy, he would be the third option and a veteran who already has the trust of his quarterback.
Julio Jones and Matt Ryan reunited would be a great story for Atlanta Falcons fans. A story that gives them another team to root for in what is going to be a rough season for the Falcons.