Syndication: The Tennessean
5. Not trading for Julio Jones
The Atlanta Falcons desperately needed cap space and had to trade future Hall of Fame wide receiver Julio Jones to open up space. Jones wound up being traded to the Tennessee Titans for a 2022 second and fourth-round pick. Atlanta also sent its 2023 sixth-round pick back to the Titans with Jones.
While Jones is not the prime version of himself, he still has a lot in the gas tank and was well on his way to surpassing 1,300 receiving yards last season. The naysayers around Jones cite his injury history, when in reality, the 2020 season was the first year that he truly missed time.
Jones would have been fantastic on the LA Chargers. Any time you get a chance to get a future Hall of Fame player for less than a first-round pick, especially when they still produce at a Pro Bowl level, you do it.
The Chargers had more than enough cap space to avoid his salary this season and it would have actually helped the future of the team as well. It would have given the Chargers a buffer from Mike Williams leaving after the 2021 season as Jones would still be in town to catch passes.
Even better, Jones’ salary after the 2021 season is great value compared to what receivers are now getting. Mike Williams is going to be paid more than Julio Jones in 2022. That is a fact.
Jones is going to have a great season for the Titans in 2021 and the LA Chargers are going to be left wondering about what could have been.