The trade market is heating up for Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones with several trade offers being made for the All-Pro receiver already, including one offer that includes a first-round draft pick, leaving a sense that Jones could be dealt as early as next week, according to ESPN’s Dianna Russini.
Jones has been linked to the likes of the New England Patriots, Tennessee Titans, and the San Francisco 49ers, who seem like the kind of team to take a big swing on a player such as Jones, who is also familiar with head coach Kyle Shanahan.
“Well, you know I’m not legally allowed to talk about players on other teams, so I can’t answer that exactly the way you want me to,” Shanahan said earlier this week. “Anyone I’ve coached in the past that I have a relationship with, especially a great dude like Julio, obviously I have a ton of respect for. We’re always interested in improving our team. We’ll never just say, ‘Hey, we’re done. We can’t improve our team.’ You always try to make that happen. But, yeah, it makes it harder when you’ve already given up some stuff to make some moves and things like that.”
Time will tell where Jones will end up, but landing in San Francisco could instantly make the Niners the team to beat in the NFC.