Julio Jones reportedly has his eye on two NFL teams as he seeks to be traded by the Falcons.
Chris Simms said Tuesday on “PFT Live” that the 32-year-old star receiver has the Patriots and the Titans “very much on his radar.” Simms cited a source he trusts “that has a little knowledge of the matter.”
Jones made waves Monday on FS1’s “Undisputed” when he told Shannon Sharpe over the phone that he was “out of” Atlanta. Simms said Tuesday that according to “somebody in the know,” Jones had “no idea” he was on live television when he was on the phone with Sharpe.
Rumors of the Falcons potentially trading Jones have heated up in recent weeks, with Atlanta in a cap crunch, and Jones told Sharpe he wants “to win.”
A recent NFL Network report said the Patriots have talked about Jones, while an NBC Sports Boston report said Jones would like to play with Cam Newton.
New England spent a ton of money in free agency this offseason after missing the playoffs following Tom Brady’s departure to Tampa Bay — a spending spree which included the signings of tight ends Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry, and wide receivers Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. The Patriots did lose Julian Edelman to retirement.
They also took Mac Jones in the first round of the draft as their quarterback of the future, with Newton expected to remain the starter in the near term. Jones would provide a stud target for Newton and could help ease Jones’ transition whenever he’s called upon.
The Titans, meanwhile, lost Smith and Corey Davis in free agency — Davis signed with the Jets — and could use another weapon.
Jones has spent his entire 10-year career with the Falcons, accruing 848 catches, 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler.