Buccaneers: Julio Jones rumors show Tampa’s good fortune

Julio Jones, opponent of the Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
Julio Jones, opponent of the Buccaneers (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images) /

Julio Jones could make life even easier for the Buccaneers.

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are already one of the best teams in the NFL. As the reigning champs that are bringing back every key piece of their roster, there isn’t a concrete argument across the league that anyone else is better, and Tampa has an excellent opportunity to make back-to-back Super Bowl appearances for the first time in franchise history.

The player buy-in has been an undeniable facet in the progress that the team has made over the past few weeks, and other teams are not nearly as lucky with their superstars.

Outside of the NFC South, Russell Wilson has been a huge story to watch when it looked like he could get traded for the better part of the time between the Super Bowl and the draft. Aaron Rodgers is another all-time great quarterback that has also received some buzz recently as a potential trade target for some teams.

Most of these moves haven’t directly impacted the Buccaneers, although either one of the previously-mentioned quarterbacks could leave the NFC and make the path to the Super Bowl easier. As the season inches closer, new information could make Bucs fans very happy soon.

Julio Jones has been one of the biggest thorns in the side of Tampa since he arrived in the NFL. As one of the best wide receivers of all time and a consistent best player in the league candidate, Jones has dominated the Buccaneers on more than one occasion. Fortunately, all of that could be over soon.

According to Jeff Schultz of The Athletic, the Falcons are looking to trade Jones. Imagine wanting to trade one of the best offensive players in the history of the franchise. The Buccaneers have instead done the right thing with Mike Evans.

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While there is a mountain of reasons why the Bucs are happy to have Evans, the relationship with the franchise is truly special. Mike’s loyalty to Tampa Bay and his desire to stay and win with this team is a rare trait, and while Jones may not want to leave Atlanta, his departure would only make winning the NFC South that much easier for the Buccaneers.

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