Should the Eagles Make a Deal for Star Falcons’ WR Julio Jones?
Out of all of the Eagles’ position groups, perhaps no unit will be as exciting to watch this season as the wide receiver position.
Philadelphia will have a pair of first-round picks this season, with DeVonta Smith and Jalen Reagor presumably the two starters, but the other roster spots are less clear.
The team spent a 2019 second-round pick on J.J. Arcega-Whiteside and added John Hightower and Quez Watkins in the same draft. They also have Greg Ward, who they added as an undrafted rookie free agent back in 2017 and Travis Fulgham who they signed from Detroit last season.
The team, is very young at the position, but could they look to add a veteran presence to the locker room?
A recent report from Ed Kracz over at Sports Illustrated, confirmed the Eagles interest in 32-year old Falcons's wide receiver Julio Jones, who has 848 catches and is the all-time career receptions leader for the Falcons.
A pair of sources confirmed, also on Saturday, a report earlier this week that Philadelphia is indeed sniffing around the Atlanta Falcons superstar receiver.
What makes a trade for Jones appealing aside from his immense talent is that despite being one of the NFL’s best wide receivers, the two-time first-team All-Pro would bring a veteran presence to the position and give Jalen Hurts another weapon in the Eagles offense.
The Eagles have a lot of players in the wide receiver room already, but at the end of the day adding a player like Jones could have a positive effect on Smith, Reagor and Hurts.
By trading for Jones and his 12,896 career yards receiving and 60 touchdowns, the Eagles would suddenly be one of the more interesting offenses to watch in the NFC.
Despite head coach Nick Sirianni’s track record of working with wide outs, that unit is still a big question mark this season, but a trade for a player like Jones would not be a surprise with Howie Roseman at the controls and the possibility of having three, first-round picks.
So are the Eagles serious players for Jones' services?
"I wouldn't say they aren't going to trade for Julio Jones," said Adam Caplan from the Inside the Birds Podcast during Football at Four on The Sports Bash."But I wouldn't put a high percentage on it."
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