OPINION: Can a Trade for Julio Jones Help Keep Russell Wilson in Seattle?

Published 05/31/2021, 4:30 PM EDT
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)


A lot of big names have been rumored to be on the move over the course of this offseason. Among them are Julio Jones and Russell Wilson.

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While the legs on one story have died out, the other continues to gather steam with each passing day. Julio Jones is actively looking to move on from Atlanta.

Wilson too was rumored to be interested in a switch. The Seattle Seahawks QB publicly shared his disappointment with the protection he’s gotten from his O-line over the past few seasons.

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Dec 27, 2020; Seattle, Washington, USA; Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald (99) sacks Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) during the third quarter at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
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Among one of the most sacked quarterbacks in the league, one can sympathize with Wilson’s woes. While the quarterback hasn’t openly talked about his future, Seahawks Head Coach Pete Carroll has doused the fire by declaring that Wilson is not on the trade block.

But the concerns still remain. With the franchise’s last Super Bowl coming back in 2014, Wilson who’s now in his 30s might still look to move to a franchise with a better shot at the Lombardi Trophy.

With the solution being to appease Wilson, perhaps a trade for the Falcons wide receiver might help their cause.

Seahawks should look to swoop in for Julio Jones

Recent reports suggest that the Seahawks have made initial contact with the Atlanta Falcons for Jones. The reports even suggest that the Falcons wide receiver has been contacted by Russell Wilson himself.

While the Seahawks might be interested in a trade for Julio Jones, landing him might be easier said than done. The Falcons apparently seek a first-round pick in place of Jones. That’s something the Seahawks don’t have in 2022.

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ATLANTA, GA – DECEMBER 22: Julio Jones #11 of the Atlanta Falcons looks on during the first half of a game against the Jacksonville Jaguars at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 22, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Carmen Mandato/Getty Images)

Even Jones’ salary could prove to be a problem for the Seahawks. With the wide receiver set to receive $15.3 million in 2021 as part of his current contract, the Seahawks will have a lot of work to do to free up that much cap space.

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But landing Jones will allow the Seahawks to have one of the most potent wide receiver corps in the league. Alongside DK Metcalf and Tyler Lockett, Jones would complete a trifecta of Pro Bowl-caliber wide receivers.

And having that sort of receiver corps at his disposal should be enough motivation for Russell Wilson to stay in Seattle. What do you reckon?

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Should the Seahawks make a move for Julio Jones? And if so, would that be enough to put the rumors to bed of him leaving the franchise forever?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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