Veteran large receiver Julio Jones has a brand new dwelling, agreeing to a one-year cope with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a supply instructed ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Tuesday.
The seven-time Professional Bowler offers soon-to-be 45-year-old Tom Brady one other weapon in Tampa, Florida, as Jones seems to rebound from a down season with the Tennessee Titans.
Jones joins a receiver group with the Bucs that features holdovers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Breshad Perriman, and welcomed Russell Gage — like Jones, one other former Falcon — this offseason. Godwin is recovering from a torn ACL suffered late final season, and the Bucs plan to take issues slowly with him as he comes again from offseason knee surgical procedure, so Jones’ signing offers them the flexibility to do this.
Tampa Bay additionally introduced on veteran Kyle Rudolph final week, a transfer to shore up its tight finish spot within the wake of Rob Gronkowski‘s retirement.
The Titans launched Jones in March, only one season after buying him in a commerce from the Falcons.
Tennessee dealt two draft picks to accumulate him final yr, hoping he would supply much-needed stability to its passing assault. Nevertheless, he appeared in simply 10 video games due to accidents and had profession lows with 31 receptions for 434 yards and only one landing reception. It was the second straight season during which Jones was restricted by damage. He appeared in simply 9 video games for the Falcons in 2020.
The Falcons drafted Jones sixth general in 2011, sending a number of picks to the Cleveland Browns to have the ability to take the Alabama standout. Atlanta, when it moved as much as purchase Jones, traded its first-round choose in 2011 (No. 26), its second-round choose, two fourth-round picks and its 2012 first-round choose.
Jones, 33, is the Falcons’ profession chief in catches (848) and yards (12,896) and is second to Roddy White in landing receptions (63). His 91.9 receiving yards per recreation is the perfect per-game common in NFL historical past.
He additionally leads the NFL in receiving yards since 2014, and Evans leads the NFL in landing catches (75) throughout that span. Now, they’re each on the identical crew.
Additionally Tuesday, the Bucs waived tight finish Codey McElroy with an damage designation. A supply instructed ESPN that McElroy will bear foot surgical procedure this week after coping with the damage in the course of the offseason.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.