The Julio Jones trade talk continues to ramp up with people everywhere speculating where the star wideout will end up if the Falcons do in fact part ways with the 32-year-old. While many fans have hoped for the Ravens to land Jones, Josina Anderson seemed to splash some cold water on that idea for the time being.
My understanding is Baltimore likes the young core of receivers they have. This is not on the radar, at the moment. A number of intriguing possibilities out there for Julio, but enjoy your memorial weekends. Relax. https://t.co/e0V3pteO55— IG: JosinaAnderson (@JosinaAnderson) May 28, 2021
Baltimore has certainly built a young group of wide receivers in the last few years under Eric DeCosta’s tenure as general manager. DeCosta’s first draft pick after taking over for Ozzie Newsome was spent on Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. DeCosta then drafted Miles Boykin in the third round of the same draft. The following year, DeCosta spent a third and sixth-round pick on two more receivers, Devin Duvernay and James Proche. Finally, DeCosta spent another first-round pick on Rashod Bateman this past draft and a fourth-round pick on Tylan Wallace, making a total of six receivers drafted in the last three years, five of which in the first four rounds.
The Ravens also brought in veteran Sammy Watkins in free agency to pair with such a young cast.
Benjamin Allbright of Broncos Country Tonight recently noted that Baltimore was indeed interested in Jones prior to the draft.
Ravens, Raiders and Colts were all interested in Julio before draft.— Benjamin Allbright (@AllbrightNFL) May 24, 2021
Not sure how Raiders pull that off, but...
It’s possible that Jones was in the cards for the Ravens if the draft had not fallen in a way for them to land a receiver like Bateman. It’s unclear what compensation will be required to pull off a trade for Jones. If Atlanta will only deal Jones for a first-round pick, then you can almost assuredly cross Baltimore off the list of potential trade partners.