Sometimes, it feels like NFL fans, including the ones that cheer for the Tennessee Titans, at times treat NFL players like they’re nothing more than points on their Fantasy team or an overall rating in their Madden Ultimate Team leagues. By now, you’ve probably watched a lot of football to understand that life is much more complicated than that.
There are other times that you wonder ‘what if’ though, and with the way that some of these NFL squads juggle the salary cap, no one would blame you if you’re a fan of the two-tone blue and you look at those guys like Julio Jones while asking yourselves “is there any way at all that this could happen”?
Don’t hold your breath Tennessee Titans fans.
Though there hasn’t really been much buzz from voices we all trust on the subject, the rumors about a possible addition of Julio Jones by the Titans are still there. It doesn’t seem like it will occur though, at least from the outside looking in.
Adding Jones would mean Tennessee has to pay him a king’s ransom. Try 15.3 million in 2021 followed by $11.5 million during the 2022 and 2023 campaigns on for size. You’ve seen what that salary cap monster has done to this team recently. Just this past offseason, the Titans were forced to part ways with the likes of Malcolm Butler and Corey Davis. Both were starters and contributors. Both are now gone, at minimum, one year earlier than most fans would have liked.
The Titans have been left to fish for good players at bargain prices. Jones is both elite and expensive, and that’s one reason why, in a recent conversation with Buck Reising’s midday show on Nashville’s 104.5 The Zone, ESPN’s Dianna Russini shared her theories that this type of coup would be fairly difficult.
Check out some of what she had to say on the subject. Thank A to Z Sports Nashville for the quote.
"Do I think the Titans are in the Julio Jones business? No! … No one has told me the Titans are interested in Julio Jone. I have not heard any of that, but I know the gossip mill will run with it… Julio Jones will not sign with the Tennessee Titans."
Those are simple yet complex statements, but as a wise man or woman once said (though few people seem to know where the statement came from), opinions are only as valuable as one’s knowledge of a particular subject. In the case of any rumor involving a very talented but very pricey Julio Jones, this is one of those things that we can move on from relatively quickly.
If only life were like Fantasy football where we could just add guys to our favorite teams just because we wanted them. Oh well, let’s move on to more talk about the schedule and a training camp that will be here before we know it.