Why a Julio Jones trade won’t include any players
It’s June 1st and the odds of a Julio Jones trade have increased dramatically. Many are hoping the LA Chargers will be the team to walk away with the future Hall of Famer because they make perfect sense for Jones.
The Falcons’ relationship with Jones seems irreparable and, more importantly, the team are now freeing up more money by moving Jones past the June 1 deadline. According to Over The Cap, the Falcons would free up $ 15.3 million of capitalization space by trading Jones.
Because Jones is such a big name and the Falcons don’t have much influence in the situation, countless teams have been singled out as a potential landing point, with the Chargers being one of the favorites. And with that speculation comes the potential return of trade. Will it be a first-round pick, a second-round pick, multiple mid-round picks, a second and a future third? There are lots of different routes to go.
One path the Falcons will undoubtedly not follow is acquiring another player in exchange for Jones. There have been a lot of articles in the NFL world offering packages that include draft picks and players in exchange for Jones.
It is extremely improbable and almost impossible. The LA Chargers will not trade players for Jones, or any of the teams that are on Jones. This trade will be exclusive choices no matter who gets it.
So no, Atlanta has absolutely no interest in Mike Williams.
Why the LA Chargers can’t send a player to the Atlanta Falcons for Julio Jones.
Simple: money. The reason the Falcons trade Jones is the salary cap and any player they bring in will only add to the cap. Now, that might not be a problem if the Falcons had more than $ 337,851 in projected ceiling space.
It’s next to nothing in the NFL and the Falcons don’t even have the option of signing their own draft class, which is the main factor behind it in the first place. Trading Jones opens the money to sign the draft class.
As mentioned above, the Falcons would save $ 15.3 million in a trade, but that wouldn’t give them money to spend. Spotrac estimates the Falcons’ draft class would cost just over $ 13 million.
If the draft class costs exactly $ 13 million in cap space, with the $ 15.3 million the team gets from Jones, the Falcons will have $ 2.6 million cap space.
Are there any players that could be traded to the Falcons to get under that $ 2.6 million? Sure. The Chargers could theoretically trade someone like Justin Jones, Kyzir White or Nasir Adderley to Atlanta.
But why would the Falcons have an interest in making such a move? It will not reduce the cost of the project. Atlanta won’t be willing to replace another mid-round pick with a depth player who is at the end of his rookie contract. They want future capital in picks.
The Falcons would do much better to save all the ceiling space the team has for movement during the season or to move around next year. Throwing a mediocre player into the trade package and expecting the Falcons asking price to be low is overkill.
This trade will be much more like the Antonio Brown trade with only draft picks and not the DeAndre Hopkins trade where Houston mistakenly traded Hopkins for a second round pick and David Johnson. At least then Houston had the space to do it, the Falcons don’t.
The team negotiating for Julio Jones will be the team with the most draft capital. Maybe it could be the LA Chargers.