He didn’t end up finding his way to the city of brotherly love this offseason, but ultimately speaking, Julio Jones being traded to the Tennessee Titans has to be viewed as good news when looking at things from a Philadelphia Eagles perspective.
Before diving into why this trade arrangement ended up working out favorably for the rebuilding Eagles, we first have to acknowledge that this was a pretty sweet score for the Titans. Tennessee – who are definitely trying to contend for a Super Bowl in the near future – gets arguably the best WR in all of football, while only giving up a measly second round pick.
Here are the full trade details for anyone who’s yet to see them:
For what it’s worth, this is a rather cheap price to pay for a player who immediately steps in as Tennessee’s #1 wide receiver. The partnership of Jones and AJ Brown could end up being one of the best WR duos in football this season, and of course the Titans still have Derrick Henry running the show in the backfield. After a messy offseason for Tennessee where they lost a handful of key contributors on offense, this is quite the way to patch things up.
Atlanta was in a fairly tough situation due to their cap space and Julio’s overall lack of desire to continue playing for the Falcons – the Titans simply took advantage.
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Seeing Julio Jones traded to the AFC is a small victory for the Philadelphia Eagles.
While there were plenty of people out there who thought Howie Roseman should’ve gotten in on such a trade ordeal (a rumor that never really made all that much sense to me personally), seeing Julio make his way over to the AFC is the next best thing. Not only do the Eagles no longer have to worry about defending the multi-time All-Pro this season (they were scheduled to face Julio Week 1 when they play the Falcons), but they don’t have to worry about him being a threat in the NFC moving forward.
If the Eagles were to somehow return to contender status sometime in the near future, not having to stress over potentially seeing Jones in the postseason is a small win that we can takeaway from today’s trade.
After all, it wasn’t too long ago that the Eagles path to the Super Bowl began with having to lock up Julio over the course of an entire game. The former Falcons wideout was one catch in the back of the end zone away from sending Philly home early that year…