The Tennessee Titans continue to be connected to trade rumors surrounding star wide receiver Julio Jones. And the latest report indicates that Jones might have a preference in who he would like to be traded to.
Chris Simms recently said on PFT Live that Jones “has his eyes” on both the Titans and New England Patriots as a possible trade destination.
Of course, it should be noted that Jones does not have a no-trade clause meaning that he doesn’t necessarily get to decide what team he’s traded to.
It might ultimately come down to the team that is the highest bidder. However, if Jones can have it his way, the Titans seem to be a preferred destination.
Julio Jones wants to be traded to the Tennessee Titans
The Titans have been one of the teams most closely tied to Jones trade rumors in recent weeks. But while many believe they are a logical landing spot, the obstacles that the team would need to overcome are plentiful.
None more significant than their current financial situation.
The Falcons are in a difficult cap situation with just over $350,000 remaining in cap space, not nearly enough to sign the remainder of their rookie class.
The Titans, however, find themselves in a similar predicament.
Tennessee has just $3.90 million remaining in salary cap space and would certainly need to jump through some hoops to make a Julio Jones trade happen.
It’s possible, but certainly not likely. That said, it’s hard to argue that Jones wouldn’t be a massive upgrade to a wide receiver corps desperately in need of one.
The losses of Corey Davis and Jonnu Smith in the offseason could have a drastic effect on the receiving corps with A.J. Brown and Anthony Firkser representing the only two returning players with more than 15 receptions a year ago (aside from Derrick Henry and his 19 catches).
The Titans are hoping to lean on free-agent signing Josh Reynolds and young players such as Nick Westbrook-Ikhine and rookie Dez Fitzpatrick. Still, Jones would be a huge get for a Tennessee offense in need of additional pass-catchers.
Trading for Jones would allow Reynolds to shift inside to the slot, more of a natural fit for the former Los Angeles Rams wideout.
Ultimately, a Julio Jones trade seems unlikely for the Titans. But we seem to know where the future Hall of Famer’s preference lies.
He wants to play in Nashville.