Arizona Cardinals should pull out all stops for Julio Jones
By Jim Koch
The Arizona Cardinals could make an already outstanding offense even more formidable by orchestrating a trade for Atlanta Falcons receiver Julio Jones.
Even critics of the Arizona Cardinals would have to admit that what general manager Steve Keim and company have done over the past few months has been nothing short of spectacular.
J.J. Watt, A.J. Green, Rodney Hudson, James Connor, and Zaven Collins are just a few of the impressive additions that have been made by the front office in 2021.
How about they add a possible cherry on top of what has been one of the strongest offseasons orchestrated by Cardinals management in years?
What can the Arizona Cardinals do to bring even more excitement to the “Red Sea” than they already have?
Arizona has been discussed by some as one of the many possible trade destinations for Julio Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver who currently plays for the Atlanta Falcons. Admittedly, the odds that the 32-year-old superstar will wind up in the desert are slim. But to say that the scenario is an impossible one would not be fair to the suddenly-surging Keim.
After all, could anyone have predicted that the Cardinals would be able to pull off a blockbuster trade in 2020 for DeAndre Hopkins, another sensational wideout? Is there any follower of professional football who would’ve believed that ultra-talented defensive lineman in J.J. Watt could’ve ever ended up with the Redbirds?
Of course, finances will play a huge part in the acquisition for Jones. According to Over The Cap, the Cardinals currently have about $13.5 million in salary-cap space available, the 13th-highest amount in the league.
Compensation will be a factor in the race to acquire Jones as well. Exactly how much an organization would be willing to send to Atlanta for the 6-foot-3, 220 pounder remains to be seen. Especially when one considers that the injury-prone Jones has only appeared in all 16 games just four times during his 10-year NFL career.
Arizona has shown a willingness to pull out all of the stops this year in their pursuit of the franchise’s first Super Bowl championship. Players who would never even considered coming to the team in the past have had a change of heart.
Perhaps the idea of Jones joining the Cardinals’ Air Raid offense is not as far-fetched as one would think.