At this point, the announcement and the contract signing, when both of those things happen, just make it official. We’ve known that the Tennessee Titans were the frontrunners to acquire Julio Jones‘ services for quite some time, and now, at the time of this story being published, we’ve learned, thanks to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, that the deal could be finalized fairly soon.
Rapoport also reports that the Titans will send, at minimum, a second-round NFL Draft choice to the Atlanta Falcons as part of the deal and that the deal may not be official for another few days. Jones will be required to take a physical, but we’re all pretty confident that he’ll pass that right?
His contract, as currently constructed runs through the 2023 season. In one fell swoop, the Titans have catapulted themselves into the conversation of being one of the favorites in AFC to reach football’s biggest game in February at SoFi Stadium.
The Tennessee Titans now have the best wide receiver duo in the NFL.
You see the previous statement. It was typed without any hesitation. The Titan Sized staff dares you to disagree. With the additions of Josh Reynolds during the most recent free-agency period and the decision to add Dez Fitzpatrick in the most recent draft, Tennessee was already flirting with fielding a wide receiver unit that can put up top-ten numbers.
Now, placing Jones in the offensive formation opposite of A.J. Brown, who already has two 1,000-yard receiving seasons and a Pro Bowl appearance in his first two years as a professional, gives the two-tone blue unlimited options. Seriously, who does the opposing defense key in on?
No disrespect to Corey Davis, but there were concerns after the Titans lost him in free agency. Those concerns are over. Even had Davis stayed this would have been seen as a massive upgrade.
There’s also this to consider. The Tennessee Titans aren’t just adding a future Pro Football Hall of Fame inductee to the starting lineup. Keep in mind that Ryan Tannehill has the luxury of taking the snap from center and handing the ball to the game’s best running back (and one of the most explosive), Derrick Henry.
We already know that Nashville knows how to throw a party. The NFL season is still three months away, but Titans fans won’t just be partying this season, they could be planning a parade at the end of the 2021-2022 campaign. We’re a long way from that, but it’s time to think big.