Julio Jones is going to be traded at some point from the Falcons. He wants out. Chances are he won’t end up with the Seahawks but what if he did? Imagine if you will a Seahawks receiving unit with D.K. Metcalf, Tyler Lockett and Julio Jones. Maybe that is a bit too much talent for one quarterback to throw to but I think most 12s would be OK with it.
No, Julio Jones is not coming to play with the Seahawks. He is too expensive for Seattle and Seattle likely doesn’t have the draft capital to entice the Falcons into a trade anyway. There are a few ideas that Seattle could try but none of them are likely manageable.
The biggest fear is Jones joining one of the NFC West teams. San Francisco has the cap and draft picks to try to get Jones and that would not be a happy event for the Seahawks. Julio Jones is still a very good receiver and should be for several more years.
Julio Jones and the Seahawks would be a great match
Which leads to this dream of having Jones in Seattle. How would he fit in Shane Waldron’s system? A player like Jones, you find a way to make him fit. Maybe Jones and Metcalf play outside which would give more freedom to Waldron to move Lockett around. Lockett could play the slot or play in the backfield.
No, Lockett would not be a running back but could be used in that formation some for jet sweeps or just as a decoy for opposing defenses to focus on. Waldron’s system likes smaller and faster receivers and Lockett is a great value whether the Seahawks have Julio Jones or not.
Metcalf and Jones would face more single-man coverage of which both would destroy. Metcalf for much of 2020 had the highest QBR against single coverage of any other receiver in the NFL. Jones obviously is a Hall of Fame receiver who can not truly be covered one on one.
No, Julio Jones isn’t coming to Seattle. But a team’s championship window stays open normally for not-too-long. Seattle has had ten good years but with Jones Seattle is a Super Bowl-caliber team. Why not go for it, Seahawks?