The Atlanta Falcons are reportedly exploring trading wide receiver Julio Jones, but According to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic, The team’s desire to trade Jones has nothing to do with his production, but rather with the need to escape from the hell of the cap.
Despite the restructuring of several contracts to save room in the salary cap this offseason, the Falcons are estimated to be only about half a million dollars under the cap. This amount wouldn’t be enough for Atlanta to sign its rookie class, including tight end Kyle Pitts. The Falcons need about $ 7-8 million to pay for rookie contracts.
The most obvious solution? Trade Jones, who is owed a base salary of $ 15.3 million next season and would only be capped at $ 7.75 million if he is traded after June. And according to Schultz, the Falcons would like to make a trade, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will be that easy.
The biggest problem the Falcons are likely to face when trying to trade Jones is finding the right business partner. Jones is an aging receiver whose numbers have dwindled over the past two years, and a team would have to be willing to take a certain level of risk to acquire him.