Julio Jones is one of the greatest Atlanta Falcons players in franchise history and should be a no-doubt future Hall of Famer. However, there was some understandable frustration with how Jones exited Atlanta and the fact he demanded out despite the contract situation and the offense continually featuring the receiver as the primary weapon.
While this frustration is somewhat understandable it is more than fair for Jones to want to leave a team with a history of losing. A team he gave his prime seasons to with very little playoff success to show for it.
Julio wanted to leave Atlanta for a chance to win a championship and find the one final accolade in his career that it has lacked.
After a trade to the Titans, Julio was cut one season later and signed with Tampa Bay and Tom Brady.
Julio’s last season with the Falcons he finished the year playing in nine games with 771-receiving yards and 3-touchdowns on the season.
In the two years since Jones has left the Falcons, he has appeared in 18-games and totaled 718-receiving yards in his two seasons with the Bucs and Titans. This speaks both to the level of injury Jones has dealt with over the last three years and the fact he hasn’t been the featured receiver since leaving Atlanta.
Jones is set to be a free agent next off-season and is coming off of what looks to be the worst season of his career. Perhaps with the Falcons making to look for a playoff push and in need of veteran receiver depth, a reunion could help both sides. Jones isn’t close to the player he once was, however, when he is able to be on the field he has proven more than capable of still breaking the big plays he was known for during his time in Atlanta.