The New England Patriots were believed to be a prime destination for Julio Jones when his commercial request was published. However, he was traded to the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, ruling out a move further north.
It seems the Patriots didn’t have much interest in Jones. According to Peter King of NBC Sports, New England has never had a serious interest in committing $ 38 million to the wide All-Pro receiver.
King added that three other teams, in addition to the Titans, were in the mix for Jones from last week. However, no one was willing to give up the second- and fourth-round picks that Tennessee made.
The Patriots ’interest in Jones, or lack thereof, makes sense. Bill Belichick has signed a slew of offensive players this season, including Jonnu Smith, Hunter Henry, Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne.
With Jones off the table, the Patriots can continue to focus on the group they currently have and return to the playoffs after a disappointing 2020 season.