The Falcons are expected to trade disgruntled veteran Julio Jones (who recently asserted his desire to leave Atlanta in a bizarre and potentially illegal on-air exchange with Shannon Sharpe) in the very near future with Kansas City thought to be among his potential landing spots.
Jones would be a luxury for the reigning AFC Champs, who are already well-equipped offensively with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Tyreek Hill, Mecole Hardman and Clyde Edwards-Helaire rounding out KC’s star-studded skill-position corps. Financially, it would also take some serious creativity for Kansas City to squeeze Julio (who commands a goliath $23.05-million cap figure in 2021) in under the team’s $182.5-million salary cap.
For those reasons, the Chiefs face an uphill battle to land Jones, who is also being pursued by New England, Tennessee and Seattle, among other suitors. But if by some miracle the Chiefs were able to pull it off, Tyreek Hill, a longtime admirer of the Falcons wide receiver, would be ecstatic.
“If I could play alongside Julio Jones, that would be amazing,” Hill told reporters at Friday’s OTA session. “I was in high school when he was doing his thing at Alabama and I’ve been a fan ever since. How big he is, how fast he is. We all know Julio is still arguably the best in the game. If I’m able to play alongside him here, I would love it.”
Adding Jones to an impossibly loaded Kansas City offense would be almost unfair to the rest of the league and is surely an avenue the Chiefs—still stinging from last year’s Super Bowl loss to Tampa Bay—will explore this summer. Hill sounds pretty excited by the prospect of potentially sharing a huddle with one of his idols, though with A.J. Brown and others putting on the full-court press in their recruitment of Julio, Tyreek may have to take a number and get in line.