The Eagles need a veteran wide receiver. A veteran presence would make a big difference on the field and in the locker room. With players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Allen Robinson, and Chris Godwin already signed with their respective new teams, it is worth considering how Julio Jones would fit with the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jones, a surefire first-ballot Hall of Famer, was released from the Tennessee Titans earlier this week after only one season. Let’s look at the pros and cons of signing him.
When healthy, Julio Jones is a top-five receiver in the NFL. We cannot forget what he did and accomplished as an Atlanta Falcon over the course of ten years. He leads active wide receivers with 879 receptions and 13,330 receiving yards.
As stated earlier, Jones would make a big difference in the locker room and the wide receiver room. Devonta Smith and Quez Watkins would blossom even more than they have with Jones on the team. For example, A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans had a stellar season last year. The veteran presence of Jones certainly helped Jones reach that next level of production.
Jalen Hurts could also benefit from having Jones on the team. Having a proven, experienced wide receiver could do wonders for his game.
But let’s address the elephant in the room. Could Julio Jones stay healthy for the Eagles?
The last two seasons haven’t been the best for Jones as they have been injury-riddled for him. He appeared in just ten games 2021, and just nine in 2020. Jones had 31 receptions and only one touchdown last season, which was the least of his career. Jones also hasn’t played an entire season since 2018.
It’s also worth noting Jones’ price tag and his age. There are several questions and concerns about Jones. Will he be an expensive addition to the team or an inexpensive one? Teams are paying better big money for the position in the market for wide receivers this offseason.
Will the Eagles want to break the bank for Jones, as he is 32 years old and has been limited because of injuries the last two seasons? Is he in the twilight of his career, or has he just had a bit of bad luck the last couple of seasons? Howie Roseman is on record saying the Eagles are trying to get younger, not older. Perhaps Jones would be interested in taking a one-year prove-it deal to show he can stay healthy and prove his worth.
The Eagles haven’t had a Pro Bowl wide receiver or a wide receiver that has eclipsed 1,000 yards in a single season since Jeremy Maclin in 2014. If Julio Jones signed with the Eagles and stayed healthy, that’s surely to change.
Signing Jones has some pros and cons. As the Eagles are attempting to take the next step as an organization, they could use the veteran presence.
I say sign Jones to a one-year deal and see how that pans out. What do you all think? Should the Eagles sign Julio Jones? Let us know in the comments.