Would Julio Jones make the Atlanta Falcons contenders?
By Nick Halden
Former Atlanta Falcons great Julio Jones remains in free agency as we near the pre-season leaving questions as to whether or not he could rejoin the Falcons? It seems very unlikely considering the current state of the Falcons and the fact the one obvious hole in Julio’s resume is the fact he has never played a pivotal role in winning a ring.
Julio Jones seems most likely to join a team at the end of camp or pre-season that is simply looking for the final veteran piece to a Super Bowl-winning roster. Jones re-joining the Falcons is very unlikely, however, if the improbable were to happen would Jones make the Falcons contenders?
As great as Julio has been throughout his career it appears the receivers’ best seasons are well behind him due to numerous injuries and father time. Even if Julio enjoyed a resurgence back in Atlanta it wouldn’t be enough to make the Falcons contenders this season. It would complete the offense and give Atlanta the chance to pull multiple upsets. However, the roster simply has too large of a dead cap hit and not enough proven talent to win anything this season.
Julio Jones coming back to Atlanta is a story that the majority of Falcons fans would love to see. Jones always looked odd in a Titans jersey and would be a homecoming Atlanta fans would welcome despite how his tenure with the team ended.
Despite this much as was the case with Matt Ryan returning to Atlanta isn’t in Julio’s best interest and would take what little cap space the Falcons have left. Meaning even if both sides had an unlikely level of interest it seems improbable a reunion is going to happen. Jones deserves a chance to remind the league just how great he is capable of being and that isn’t going to happen with the Atlanta Falcons.