The Inexperienced Bay Packers have $17M in cap house. In these presumably ultimate years of the Aaron Rodgers period, the franchise goes to try to chase that Vince Lombardi Trophy similar to they’ve been doing every of the earlier three seasons. After the losses of franchise legend Davante Adams and speedster Marquez Valdes-Scantling, the group was compelled to deal with the receiver place this offseason. Inexperienced Bay added veteran Sammy Watkins and three rookie receivers, together with second-rounder Christian Watson out of North Dakota State. However groups can by no means have sufficient high quality pass-catchers within the NFL these days. Julio Jones continues to be sitting on the market as a free agent. Reuniting with Packers head coach Matt LaFleur makes good sense for the long run Corridor of Famer.
LaFleur, who was the QB coach, and Jones have been collectively in Atlanta for 2 seasons (2015-2016). In these two seasons, it isn’t a coincidence that Jones was given two First-Crew All-Professional nods (the one two of his historic profession). Jones would lead the league in receptions and receiving yards in 2015. By the way in which, then-Falcons QB Matt Ryan would win MVP because the group would make a Tremendous Bowl look in 2016. So, it is actually not a shock that QB Aaron Rodgers and Matt LaFleur have meshed tremendous nicely collectively.
Though Jones is now 33 and coming off an injury-riddled season in Tennessee, his common yards per reception mark got here in at 14.0. That could be very spectacular for an offense that had A.J. Brown and Derrick Henry. Its not a shock how he finds a solution to be productive even throughout a down yr. Keep in mind, the Alabama native has seven 1,000-yard seasons in his profession.
All of the seven-time Professional Bowler is lacking to cap off one of many nice receiving careers in NFL historical past is a Tremendous Bowl. Linking up along with his previous offensive coach in LaFleur and catching passes from one other future, first-ballot Corridor of Famer in Rodgers could be very neat. No. 12 would belief the previous Crimson Tide star nearly instantly. Jones would supply Inexperienced Bay with dimension (6-3) and stable athleticism. He would match proper in with Allen Lazard, Randall Cobb, Sammy Watkins and the group’s proficient rookies. In these previous few seasons with arguably the best quarterback of all-time, the Packers will need expertise, management and manufacturing. Julio Jones would give all of them of that. A one-year deal has no threat in any respect.