Former Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones has spent the last two seasons setting new career lows in yardage and becoming increasingly injury prone leaving retirement this off-season very possible. While Julio showed he still can have an impact when healthy the veteran receiver isn’t close to the player he once was.
Aside from a reunion from the Falcons or chasing a ring with Joe Burrow or Patrick Mahomes, it appears retirement might be Julio’s best option. The receiver should already be a first-ballot Hall of Famer with 13,629 career receiving yards and 63 touchdowns.
Julio remains Atlanta’s all-time leading receiver and ranks 16th in all-time receiving yards. One more great season could have Julio pushing his way inside the top ten leaving reason perhaps for the receiver to stick around.
The question is there anything left in the tank for Julio? Jones played the game with such a brutal physicality and willingness to take the hit and while that was a large part of what made Julio so great it is costing Jones in the later stages of his career.
Two years after leaving Atlanta Julio’s market seems to be as a third receiver on a good team or a depth piece on a team looking to win a ring. Returning to Atlanta remains the best path for Julio either joining the team to attempt to be a part of the new-look Atlanta Falcons or to rightfully retire with the team where Julio had his best seasons with.
Jones is a player Atlanta fans will watch closely this off-season with retirement seemingly very much on the table for one of the greatest Atlanta Falcons to every play. Free agency open March 15th with Jones very unlikely to re-sign in Tampa considering the current roster and the loss of Tom Brady.