Trade rumors surrounding Atlanta Falcons star receiver Julio Jones had been on the glowing embers scene for a few weeks now, but Jones fanned the flames on Monday when he told Shannon Sharpe “I’m leaving.” on FS1’s “Undisputed” show.
Jones apparently requested a trade at the start of the offseason in March, and Falcons general manager Terry Fontenot admitted last month that the team would be taking calls about the former All-Pro receiver.
Needless to say, Jones is generating a lot of interest, at least among NFL players who would love to be teammates with Jones and have taken to social media to begin the recruiting process.
Arizona Cardinals wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has visions of twinning with Jones, as he posted a photo to Instagram of himself with Jones and fellow Cardinals wide receiver AJ Green from the 2016 Pro Bowl with caption, “Julio [you] remember what we talked about. “
Los Angeles Rams cornerback Jalen Ramsey comes from the opposite angle, as having Jones as a teammate would mean he wouldn’t have to worry about covering him in defense. Ramsey wasn’t shy about what he was doing on Twitter.
A winning culture, a great city, prime time games, LA’s number 1 soccer team, etc etc.
Seems like the Rams should be a place superstars should want to play soccer lol ï¸
Blessings #YesIrecruitment lol i want to win
– Jalen Ramsey (@jalenramsey) May 24, 2021
Former security Darius Butler asked the Twitterverse where people thought Jones would end up, offering two of his former teams as his top picks.
I say he ends up on the Colts or the Patriots!
– Darius Butler (@DariusJButler) May 24, 2021
Baltimore Ravens corner Marlon Humphrey, who like Jones played his college ball in Alabama, was hoping the birds of a feather would gather.
– Marlon Humphrey (@marlon_humphrey) May 24, 2021
And New England Patriots offensive lineman Trent Brown is hoping Bill Belichick’s busy offseason isn’t quite over yet.
Come be PATRIOTâ¼ ï¸ @ juliojones_11
– Trent Brown (@Trent) May 24, 2021