Reason one: The Falcons have a lot of dead cap space tied up in Julio Jones, so why not have him on the team?
The Atlanta Falcons have an insane amount of dead cap, $63 million to be exact. Of that $63 million, $15.5 million of it is tied up in Julio Jones. Which accounts for 7.45% of the Falcons total cap space.
So this begs the question, if you are already on the hook for that amount of money for a player not on your roster, why not bring back that player to lessen the blow?
There is certainly an argument to be made here. There is no way to get out of that dead cap charge of $15.5 million, there just isn’t. The Falcons are on the hook for that for this year, it is part of the consequence of when the previous regime signed him to a massive extension.
However, you can lessen the impact of it by bringing in that same player and at least having him contribute something to the team. After all, a player who puts up 300 yards with a $15.5 million cap hit is better than one who puts up zero yards with the same cap hit.
Sure, there technically is no direct correlation between Julio being on or off the roster and the dead cap charge. And this would also require the Falcons to pay him more money, but it is not like he is totally incapable of making an impact on a team. He still has his physical gifts and years of experience that he can use to make up for the step he has lost over time.