Veteran wide receiver Julio Jones has a new home, consenting to a one-year agreement with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
The seven-time Pro Bowler gives soon-to-be Tom Brady one more weapon in Tampa, Florida, as Jones hopes to bounce back from a down season with the Tennessee Titans.
Jones joins a receiver group with the Bucs that incorporates holdovers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Breshad Perriman, and invited Russell Gage – – like Jones, another former Falcon – – this offseason. Godwin had offseason surgery on a torn ACL suffered late last season. The Bucs picked not to put him on the PUP list to begin training camp, however a source let ESPN know that they will be mindful of him prior to allowing him to practice.
Tampa Bay likewise welcomed on veteran Kyle Rudolph last week, a transition to support its tight end spot following Rob Gronkowski’s retirement.
The Titans released Jones in March, only one season subsequent to securing him in a trade from the Falcons.
Tennessee managed two draft picks to gain him last year, trusting he would give much-needed balance to its passing assault. Notwithstanding, he showed up in only 10 games as a result of wounds and had vocation lows with 31 receptions for 434 yards and only one touchdown reception. It was the second straight season wherein Jones was restricted by injury. He showed up in only nine games for the Falcons in 2020.
The Falcons drafted Jones 6th generally in 2011, sending different picks to the Cleveland Browns to have the option to take the Alabama standout. Atlanta, when it climbed to gain Jones, traded its first-round pick 2011 (No. 26), its second-round pick, two fourth-round picks and its 2012 first-round pick.
Jones, 33, is the Falcons’ career leader in catches (848) and yards (12,896) and is second to Roddy White in touchdown receptions (63). His 91.9 getting yards per game is the best per-game average in NFL history.
He additionally leads the NFL in getting yards starting around 2014, and Evans leads the NFL in touchdown catches (75) during that range. Presently, they’re both in the same team.
Likewise Tuesday, the Bucs postponed tight end Codey McElroy with an injury designation. McElroy will go through foot surgery this week in the wake of managing the injury during the offseason.