NFL Analyst Says Patriots are Hesitant to Pay High Asking Price for Julio Jones

Published 05/28/2021, 1:20 PM EDT
PHILADELPHIA, PA – SEPTEMBER 06: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons reacts after being defeated by the Philadelphia Eagles 18-12 at Lincoln Financial Field on September 6, 2018 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)


Julio Jones will leave the Atlanta Falcons. In a sport where there are very few guarantees in the off-season, Jones’ departure is a virtual guarantee.

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The Atlanta Falcons have severe salary cap constraints going into the new season. And given Jones’ huge contract, the Falcons will most likely off-load him to move forward.

But the big question is- Who can afford him?

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NFL analyst Jeff Howe spoke to Rich Eisen about the Patriots’ interest in Julio Jones. He mentioned that the Patriots are definitely interested in bringing Jones in.

However, their main concern is the high asking price set by the Falcons. The Falcons want several first-round picks for Jones. But he does understand why the Falcons have set such a high price for their Pro-Bowl wide receiver.

ATLANTA, GA – SEPTEMBER 16: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons warms up prior to the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on September 16, 2018 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Scott Cunningham/Getty Images)
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“I believe there is some interest, but I don’t know. Right now if I had to make a bet, I’m not sure I would put the Patriots as the betting favorites to get him. I think the Falcons are going to have to scale back their asking price.

“I get why they’re asking for the moon and the stars right now. Because they’re not going to trade him for another week. So you owe it to yourself to try and get that first-round pick. So the Falcons are going to have to lighten their demands.”

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Howe added that some things will have to change on the Falcons’ end, especially with regards to their stance in negotiations. The Patriots are interested in Jones, but the asking price is something that is serving as a deterrent.

They won’t be ready to match that asking price. Things are developing right now, but it will take some changes before any move can take place.

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“I think they’re probably going to have to take on some (of) Julio Jones’ contract. So some things are really going to have to happen for him to wind up in New England. I saw there was a report today that there’s a first-round pick on the table.

“If that is indeed the case, I don’t think the Patriots are going to be willing to match that. But I believe there is interest. I just don’t believe there’s interest right now at the Falcons’ asking price. We’ll see who blinks in the next week.”

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy

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Aaditya Krishnamurthy is an NBA & NFL journalist for EssentiallySports, before which he worked at BusinessWorld magazine. He has been a fan of Basketball for over 10 years now, since Shaquille O’Neal was a Phoenix Suns player. During his time at Symbiosis School for Liberal Arts, he started a sports magazine for the college called the Overtime Tribune and hosted the Overtime Tribune Podcast until he graduated.

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