I know a lot of you who saw the headline of this article and probably said, “What is this guy talking about?” Please, just bare with me, and it will all make sense. According to ESPN, Atlanta Falcons WR Julio Jones could be done for the year. The Falcons are floundering at 1-4 this season, and the bleeding might get a whole lot worse without their star receiver. Roddy White is still around, but he’s been looking like a shell of himself this season. The Falcons could, and should, be desperate. This is where the Baltimore Ravens should come in to strike.
The Ravens have managed to go 3-2 without Jones, although it hasn’t been easy. Their passing game is making improvements every week, as Torrey Smith is becoming the go =-to guy there. Younger guys like Marlon Brown, Deonte Thompson and Tandon Doss are starting to step up and show their potential. Jones will be an unrestricted free agent next year, and probably won’t be brought back for the price he’s signed for now, which is around five mil. So, I say why not try to get some value out of him now? If I was the Falcons, I wouldn’t make a trade like this, but who knows, right? Maybe they’re not ready to give up on their 2013 season quite yet.
This idea is a little out of the box I must admit, but just look at the Cleveland Browns‘ trade of Trent Richardson, for example. Everyone said that was nuts and made no sense (myself included), and look what happened, the Browns won their next three games. It’s hard to say if the trade will or will not work out, but the Browns made a gutsy move and should be commended for that.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Jones on the Ravens; he’s a home run hitter and an explosive playmaker. He will not be a Raven next year though, not with some of the other UFA’s that they’ll try to re-sign like Eugene Monroe, Michael Oher, Dennis Pitta and Arthur Jones, just to name a few. A possible opportunity to get maximum value out of Jones has presented itself, and the Ravens should at least try to explore this option.
I’d love to hear some feedback from all of you, positive or negative, I don’t care. Make your voice heard.
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