Julio Jones going to the Buccaneers is a major thing to pay attention to. This is a guy who just a few years ago was a top if not the best receiver in football.
Is he still that guy? Probably not. Injuries have plagued him. But that isn’t what the Bucs need. The Bucs don’t need a receiver who every game is an elite receiver. They needed another receiver who can have a few big games – especially in the playoffs. Brady wanted Julio simply because he could have 10 receptions and over 100 yards in any game.
Julio announced that he passed over Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts to join the team.
Jones ended up signing with a former NFC South rival, choosing to take his talents to Tampa Bay and join Tom Brady in pursuit of a Super Bowl.
Who else was in the mix?
Jones appeared on WDAE after Wednesday’s training camp practice, telling Ronnie Lane and Tom Krasniqi that he chose to sign with the Bucs over the Green Bay Packers, New Orleans Saints, and Indianapolis Colts.
This shows us two things.
The first is that he wants a ring. Are the other team’s contenders? Sure but not to the level that the Bucs are.
The second is that Julio seems to not want to be the #1 guy anymore. If he went to the Packers he would have a chance to be once again a #1 receiver. By choosing the Bucs he is saying I think I’m better suited to be a #2 or #3 option at this point in my career.