Raiders Continue to be Among the Favorites to Trade for Julio Jones

Julio Jones is all but certain to be traded in the days ahead (it will happen after June 1 for salary cap purposes), and there hasn’t been a lot of clarity on which teams are serious about trading for him.

This week, Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer dove into which teams are most likely to trade for the Falcons All Pro wide receiver and he seems to ever-so-slightly favor the Raiders:

“All things equal, I’m tempted to go with the Raiders here. This is a big year for Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, without question, and Jones could help unlock the potential in promising young receivers Henry Ruggs and Brian Edwards—and take pressure off emerging tight end Darren Waller. Add that to a rebuilt offensive line, Josh Jacobs and Derek Carr (who played better last year than people realize) and you’ve got something.

The problem? One is the cap. The Raiders are just $5.7 million under and have spent much of their offseason trying to get their books in order. Another could be cash—in a year when every team felt the crunch, it’s fair to ask what sort of cash budget Mayock and Gruden are working with, since having empty seats probably affected Vegas (going through a move, and had been waiting for a stadium windfall) more than most. So we’ll see on those guys.”

According to an ESPN report on Thursday, the Falcons already have an offer for a future first-round pick (which seems like a steep price) and a trade involving Jones could come very quickly.

Dianna Russini on Twitter: “The Atlanta Falcons have discussed several trade offers for Julio Jones, including an offer for a future first round draft pick, per sources. There is a sense around the league a trade could go down as early as next week. / Twitter”

The Atlanta Falcons have discussed several trade offers for Julio Jones, including an offer for a future first round draft pick, per sources. There is a sense around the league a trade could go down as early as next week.

Given his hefty contract, it’s hard to imagine the Raiders (in their current salary cap situation) would be willing to offer a first-round pick for Jones. But considering the return the Raiders have gotten from first-round picks in recent years, it would have to be tempting for them to entertain an aggressive move to bring in a player like Jones.

And as always, we know Jon Gruden wouldn’t be intimidated by the idea of adding a 32 year-old wideout to the offense… which is surely one of the reasons why betting lines seem to like the Raiders chances of trading for Jones.

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5 thoughts on “Raiders Continue to be Among the Favorites to Trade for Julio Jones

    1. Have you been paying attention? Gruden would if he could make the money work.

    2. If I was the GM for the Tennessee titans I would definitely give up a 1st rounder for jones…him opposite aj brown would look pretty scary….F Titans….go RAIDERS

  1. Once again the raiderbeatdown pushes fake reports, what information do you have that the Raiders have any interest in WR Jones? Did you get this from any inside source? NO the raiderbeatdown doesn’t believe in interviewing coaches, players, janitors they get all their inside information from betting sites.

    1. They actually do it like the main stream media/Democrats do….they have some idiot like bill barnwell or peter king make an opinion or prediction then they run with that as an insider source telling you what the team is doing…..F media/Democrats….go trump….go RAIDERS

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