The cost-cutting Atlanta Falcons are reportedly seeking a first-round draft pick in return for veteran star receiver Julio Jones. But is the team's asking price too steep? And should interested teams view a trade for Jones as risky?
Tiki and Tierney discussed Jones' trade market and the Falcons' strategy during Tuesday's show.
"They really do [need to modify the asking price]," Tiki argued. "And it's a little bit of a confusing situation with his contract, because he just signed an extension. We all remember back in 2019, three years, $66 million. So, it feels like it's heavy. But as far as cap purposes are concerned, when you cut or trade a guy, all that signing bonus stays on the team's cap. So, the Falcons are responsible for that signing bonus, which was $25 million. So, essentially, it's three-years and $41 million for a team... And if you think about that, that's a steal for Julio Jones...
"It's a mixed history for 32-year-old wide receivers. It's almost like that's the peak. And then it's not like a gradual fall off the cliff -- it's like a steep drop. And so, it's a gamble with Julio Jones, especially because of some of the injuries that he's experienced over the course of his career. Which are all really traced back to that toe injury that he had as a rookie. There's a question there, but if he's healthy, I think he's one of those guys who will push a little bit into his 30s, and not just end at 32 like he is right now."
Jones, the Falcons' all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards, has amassed at least 1,300 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons, and across 135 career games, he's tallied 848 receptions and 60 touchdowns. Last season, Jones played just nine games due to a lingering hamstring injury.
At the moment, Jones is due to make $15.3 million, fully guaranteed in 2021, and he's scheduled to cost the Falcons $23 million against the cap. He also has cap hits of $19.2 million in 2022 and 2023.
The entire conversation about Jones between Tiki and Tierney can be accessed in the audio player above.