Titans Trade for Julio Jones, Super Bowl Odds Significantly Improve

By in NFL on
4 Minute Read

On Sunday, June 6th, the highly anticipated trade of wide receiver Julio Jones took place as the Atlanta Falcons dealt their longtime playmaker to the Tennessee Titans.

Along with Jones, Atlanta also shipped a sixth-round pick in the 2023 NFL draft and received a second round pick in the 2022 draft and a fourth-round pick in the 2023 draft.

Jones will be added to an offense that finished second in the league last year. The acquisition of Jones also saw Tennessee’s Super Bowl odds improve dramatically.

Titans’ general manager Jon Robinson made the following comments about the trade for Julio Jones:

“Excited to add Julio to the football team. He’s excited to be part of what we’ve got going on in Nashville. It’s a big day for our team. He’s big, he’s fast, he’s tough, he’s great with the ball in his hands, a willing blocker. I think a lot of things that we ask of our receivers … get open, catch and block — he certainly checks those boxes and has done it at a high level in the National Football League.”

Tennessee’s Betting Odds

With the trade for Jones, Tennessee’s Super Bowl odds improved dramatically depending on which NFL betting site you look at.

PointsBet moved the Titans from 35-1 to 30-1. Both BetMGM and DraftKings lowered the odds from 40-1 to 25-1.

The Titans Also Saw Their AFC Championship and AFC South Odds Improve as Well

Tennessee was listed at a range of +1800 to +2200 to win the AFC prior to the trade and are now listed at +1200. They’re still behind the Chiefs, Bills, Ravens, Browns and Patriots but tied with the Colts.

Prior to the trade, the Colts were the odds on favorites to win the AFC South division at -105 with the Titans listed at +130. Now, online betting sites like BetOnline have the Titans and the Colts with the same +110 betting odds.

For a team that is loaded with offensive talent, there’s plenty of value with Tennessee’s Super Bowl, AFC Championship, and AFC South betting odds.

More Details About Julio Jones

From 2015 to 2018, Julio Jones was rated as the best receiver in the NFL by Pro Football Focus. In 2018 and 2019, Jones was still in the top three despite Atlanta’s struggles as a whole.

Last year, Jones only played nine games due to injuries, but still finished with 51 receptions for 771 yards and three TDs.

In his 10 year career, Jones has 848 receptions for 12,896 yards and 60 TDs. He’s tallied seven 1,000 yard seasons and also led the league in yardage twice. He’s topped the 100 reception mark three times.

Furthermore, he had six straight seasons of more than 1,300 yards receiving. That streak ended last year due to his injuries.

Despite playing only nine games in 2020, Jones finished with just 14 less receptions, 213 fewer yards and two less TDs than Tennessee’s former number two receiver Corey Davis.

At 32 years old, Jones is believed to still have plenty of gas left in the tank. His entire 2021 salary of $15.3 million dollars is guaranteed. Yet, for the Titans it’s still a bargain.

The team would’ve paid $15.6 million dollars this year if they had picked up the fifth year option on wide receiver Corey Davis.

How Jones Improves the Tennessee Offense

Tennessee saw two of their top offensive playmakers leave via Free Agency this offseason as wide receiver Corey Davis went to the Jets and tight end Jonnu Smith went to the Patriots.

Jones will immediately become a huge weapon on offense and should make up the majority of production that Tennessee lost with the departures of Davis and Smith.

Last year, Tennessee ranked 2nd in total yards per game at 396.4 ypg and 4th in scoring. Quarterback Ryan Tannehill had a career season which included 33 touchdown passes. Tannehill commented on the addition of Jones to the offense:

“I’m excited, I’m fired up. My agent called me today and said it was going to happen, so I’m excited to bring Julio on board and to have him across from A.J. on the other side, they’re a really dynamic duo. I’m looking forward to what he brings to the table.”

A.J. Brown was Tennessee’s best receiver last year and he along with Jones give the Tennessee Titans that dynamic duo of wideouts that Tannehill alluded to. Brown had 70 receptions for 1,075 yards and 11 TDs last season. He also expressed his excitement over Jones joining the team:

“My phone started blowing up and I think this is really huge for Tennessee, not just for me. This is huge for the city, our team, and we’re glad to have him.”

Despite how explosive this passing attack can be in 2021, the heart and soul of the Titans offense is their running game led by Derrick Henry.

Henry has led the league in rushing the last two seasons, but put up monster numbers in 2020 that should’ve warranted at least a few MVP votes. Instead, he ended up as the Offensive Player of the Year. Henry rushed for 2,027 yards and 17 TDs.

In addition to Brown and Henry, Tennessee also added former Rams receiver Josh Reynolds who’s used to being the third or fourth option in an offense. Reynolds had success with the Rams despite being overshadowed by the other receivers like Kupp, Woods and Cooks.

All three receivers can play outside or in the slot, which gives the Titans offense a lot of flexibility. The addition of Jones means that defense can’t stack the box to stop Henry or double team A.J. Brown.

Jones can still stretch the field and should abuse opposing defense’s number two corners. This Titans offense has high expectations heading into the 2021 NFL regular season and rightfully so.

Rick Rockwell

As a longtime freelance writer, avid sports fan, former athlete, and experienced sports bettor, Rick Rockwell has risen up the ranks at GamblingSites.org to become the self-professed "King of the Blog" in his first year with the site. ...

View all posts by Rick Rockwell
Email the author at: [email protected]