Ravens are reportedly no longer in the Julio Jones trade market
The Baltimore Ravens have been connected to rumors surrounding star wide receiver Julio Jones for quite some time now. But it appears as though those rumors could be coming to an end.
ESPN’s Kimberley A. Martin reported on Wednesday that the Ravens and Los Angeles Rams are “done” and “no longer in the Julio Jones market.”
Martin indicated that the Tennessee Titans remain the favorite for Jones and that the San Francisco 49ers “make sense.”
But as for the Ravens, it certainly doesn’t seem like a realistic possibility anymore. Not that this should be much of a surprise.
The Ravens appear to be out on the Julio Jones trade market
The Ravens have been connected to rumors with Jones dating back to before free agency. In recent weeks, those rumors have picked up again with the Atlanta Falcons being more motivated to move the future Hall of Famer.
Baltimore has been one of the teams listed as a rumored landing spot, although as time has gone on, those hopes have seemed to fade away.
And with good reason too.
The Ravens find themselves in a bit of a tricky cap situation with right around $15 million in cap space remaining at the time of writing. However, that’s before signing the rest of their rookie class meaning that they’d likely have to make room to acquire Jones.
On top of that, there really isn’t a true out in his contract until after the 2022 season. And with extensions for the likes of Lamar Jackson and Mark Andrews impending, the Ravens can’t afford to be taking on any unnecessary salary.
Jones is still a phenomenal player when healthy and was on pace for nearly 1,400 yards last season prior to his injury. But given the moves the team made this offseason, the wide receiver position is no longer a dire need.
The Ravens signed Sammy Watkins in free agency and added both Rashod Bateman and Tylan Wallace in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Watkins and Bateman will join Marquise Brown and Andrews in the starting lineup to provide Baltimore with a very capable receiving corps.
Jones would be the cherry on top, but that cherry would come with the risk of melting the sundae itself.
General manager Eric DeCosta seems content with the current crop of wide receivers the team has right now and isn’t interested in Jones, at least at his current price point.
Don’t expect the Ravens to trade for Julio Jones. That ship has apparently sailed.