2. The LA Chargers are not the type to get in a bidding war
When the Julio Jones trade rumors really got serious the number of teams that would realistically make a deal for Jones seemed small. The qualifications to be included as a legitimate option for Jones were to have Super Bowl aspirations with the cap space to make Jones work.
Not many teams have the cap space on the books to add Jones and that is why the Chargers appeared to be the front runners. Of the teams with the cap space, they were the ones with the best young quarterback that could benefit the most from adding Jones.
I still think that statement is true but there are now new teams in the running for Jones, some of which would have to move around some money to make it work but they will likely be willing to do so for a future Hall of Famer.
More competition means the price is going to increase. And while Jones is likely worth a first-round pick, Tom Telesco has never been the type to get in a bidding war for any player. He didn’t get in a bidding war to move up for Penei Sewell and he is not going to get in a bidding war for Julio Jones.
And that is the most important thing to note. While the Chargers did just fine by getting Rashawn Slater, there were no guarantees that he was going to fall to 13. The Chargers were unwilling to trade a future first-round pick (presumably) to move up for a franchise left tackle. Even if it is worth it, do we think they will then be willing to trade a first for an older wide receiver?
There is one more important factor about Jones that is likely souring Telesco’s view of a trade.