NY Jets trade proposal for Julio Jones No. 4
Things are about to get a little complex. Of all the improbable (but fair!) proposals in this article, this one is likely the most unrealistic.
But it sure is creative.
The Falcons' biggest needs in a post-Jones scenario would undoubtedly be at both wide receiver and pass rusher. I considered the possibility of throwing in a player like Jabari Zuniga or Bryce Huff in this trade, but decided that another player might make more sense.
The Jets reshaped their running back room in the offseason and will employ a new offensive system in 2021. But of the six running backs currently under contract, one player sticks out like a sore thumb as a poor fit.
That player is 2020 fourth-round pick La'Mical Perine, who also happened to underperform in his rookie year.
The Falcons have an incredibly unproven running back room with free-agent signing Mike Davis and converted wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson currently leading the charge.
Atlanta's power-run scheme would be a much better fit for Perine and it's likely that he would have a better chance at receiving playing time in the Falcons' offense.
Of course, his value is hardly anything special at this point (especially since he finds himself on the roster bubble this summer), so the Jets still send one of their three sixth-round picks (their own) to Atlanta as well as Carolina's second-round pick.
But as a tiny consolation prize, Atlanta sends their 2023 seventh-round pick to the Jets. Why? Because the Jets gave theirs up in the Steve McLendon trade.
Joe Douglas insists on a full array of picks in 2023.
The Jets aren't going to trade for Julio Jones. But at the very least, it's fun to envision hypothetical scenarios that would be fair for both parties.