Julio Jones has been rumored to be heading to the Patriots since the days of Tom Brady being behind center.
ESPN analyst and former New York Jets general manager Mike Tannenbaum is now making that case for the New England Patriots to be the landing spot for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones, who appears to be on the trading block.
“They signed Nelson Agholor, they signed Kendrick Bourne, but the Patriots will be in the playoff hunt. This could possibly put them over the top in winning the division,” Tannenbaum said, as transcribed by Boston.com’s Hayden Bird.
“They could use a frontline No. 1 receiver. If Cam Newton’s going to have any chance of taking this team to the playoffs, Julio Jones would certainly help them get there.”
“Nick Saban and Belichick, obviously very close,” Tannenbaum added. “This is one of Nick Saban’s all-time favorite players. I think it makes a ton of sense, and it [would] really put a ribbon on a very aggressive offseason for the Patriots.”
After a disappointing season last year, Bill Belichick and the Patriots would love to be able to go back to the days of the franchise winning AFC East titles. Not having Brady makes that very difficult.