Even though it doesn’t make much sense for the Cincinnati Bengals to trade for Falcons wide receiver Julio Jones, it’s still a possibility for Jones to end up in the division whether it be for the Ravens or Browns.
While the Bengals are one of the few teams who have the available cap space to accommodate trading for Jones per James Rapien of Sports Illustrated, the team shouldn’t be interested. They drafted Ja’Marr Chase with the No. 5 overall pick and also have Tyler Boyd and Tee Higgins, not to mention Auden Tate as well. They’re set at wide receiver and trading for Jones would cost them money they don’t need to spend.
That being said, Jones could make sense with the other two AFC North teams who could afford his services in the Browns and Ravens. Cleveland has been adding talent like crazy since Baker Mayfield got there and Jones would be yet another weapon the Browns would have on offense.
The Ravens have been one of the more prominent teams listed and that makes sense as well considering they weren’t a good passing offense last year. Baltimore has Hollywood Brown already and also added Sammy Watkins in free agency and drafted Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace, so they did make it a point to improve their wide receiver corps.
The Bengals might not trade for Julio Jones, but another AFC North team could.
Fortunately, Jones doesn’t appear to be eyeing the AFC North as of now. The latest buzz per Chris Sims on PFT Live was that he was looking at joining either the Patriots or Titans, both teams who he believes are going to be competitive this year.
Bengals fans are holding their collective breath that Jones doesn’t wind up in Cleveland or Baltimore, as they have enough tough wide receivers to worry about slowing down without adding Jones to the mix. While it’d be cool to have Jones in a Bengals uniform, adding him wouldn’t make any sense for Cincinnati despite having a big name for Joe Burrow to throw to.
Keep Julio Jones out of the division, please.