Seattle Seahawks linked to star wide receiver Julio Jones
SEATTLE, Wash. — An arms race for talent is underway in the National Football League’s NFC West division and the Seattle Seahawks aren’t necessarily winning that race. While the teams around them scurry to build playoff contenders, Seattle has remained patient and calculated with its decision-making. They may have been waiting for an opportunity like the one that presents itself currently.
According to reporting from ESPN’s Dianna Russini, the Seattle Seahawks are having discussions about a possible trade to bring superstar wide receiver Julio Jones to the Pacific Northwest from the Atlanta Falcons. The fastest player to reach 12,000 receiving yards in NFL history, Jones is etching his name into the sport’s history books with his consistent dominance at his position. Jones currently averages 96 receiving yards per game, which is the highest mark of any player to ever play the sport.
The Seattle Seahawks don’t necessarily have a great need at the position considering they already roster two wideouts who could be considered for their No. 1 option in D.K. Metcalf and Tyler Lockett. However, the chance to pounce on a player of Jones’ caliber might be too good to pass up.
Russini also reported that Seattle Seahawks star quarterback Russell Wilson has already had discussions with Jones about teaming up. As player empowerment and mobility increase across the United States’ four major sports, organizations are forced into catering to their stars instead of it being the other way around. At this point, it isn’t farfetched to say that Wilson is the greatest quarterback in Seahawks history and he’s already voiced his frustrations with the team.
Trading for Jones may serve as an insurance policy for Wilson. Showing the initiative to bring in the greatest receiver that Wilson will have played with is one way to signal that the team is committed to competing with Russ under center. On the flip side, it would take a considerable cap hit and some draft capital to get a deal done.
Pro Football Talk’s Mike Florio reported that rival teams consider Atlanta’s asking price to be “outlandish,” and in some regard, rightfully so. It’s not every day that a franchise-altering talent like Jones becomes available and just last offseason, a similar situation occurred with DeAndre Hopkins and the Houston Texans. The star wideout requested a trade from the team that drafted him and in return, the Arizona Cardinals (A direct competitor of the Seattle Seahawks) traded a starting running back, a second-round pick and a fourth-round pick to Houston.
The cost of acquiring a superstar isn’t cheap, but the Falcons are losing leverage fast. Seattle doesn’t have its 2022 first-round pick to offer because they used it to trade for another star in safety Jamal Adams. However, there is still a possibility for the contracts of pricey veterans like Wilson and linebacker Bobby Wagner to be restructured to make a deal work.
It’s not a likelihood that the deal is going to get done, but the fact that it’s a possibility is enough to ignite some discourse amongst Seattle Seahawks fans.
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