Julio Jones trade rumors are heating up and these 6 teams are best-equipped to make a deal

Julio Jones, Atlanta Falcons. (Mandatory Credit: Jeffrey Becker-USA TODAY Sports)
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Mike Vrabel, Tennessee Titans
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Tennessee is in win-now mode and needs to offset losing Arthur Smith to Atlanta

With former Tennessee Titans offensive coordinator Arthur Smith now running the show in Flowery Branch, Mike Vrabel’s team projects as a regression candidate in the AFC. He is a defensive-minded head coach who cannot generate a pass rush and lost his offensive coordinator to a head-coaching gig after two years. Does this sound eerily familiar or what, Falcons fans?

If the Titans were to trade for Jones, he and A.J. Brown would be the best wide receiver tandem in the NFL. Unfortunately, Todd Downing is not Smith as an offensive coordinator. Just ask Raider Nation how that went in 2017. All that aside, putting Jones in the receiving corps guarantees Ryan Tannehill will not regress horribly and the Titans should make the playoffs once again this season.

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Adding Jones to the Colts roster makes them a big favorite to win the AFC South

While trading for Jones would ensure the Titans of a spot back in the AFC Playoffs, adding Jones in a deal with the Falcons would almost certainly guarantee the Indianapolis Colts will win the AFC South. The receiver tandem of Jones and T.Y. Hilton would be sneaky good, and hopefully, it will bring the very best out of newcomer quarterback Carson Wentz.

Though trading for Jones probably does not make the Colts any better than a dark horse AFC Championship game contender, what it does is expand their championship window for another year or so. If Wentz cannot cut it with Jones now in the receiving corps, the Colts are free to pursue another franchise quarterback, whether that is in free agency or in next spring’s 2022 NFL Draft.