The Tampa Bay Buccaneers added another major offensive weapon for their un-retired quarterback Tom Brady. The franchise officially confirmed the capture of legendary wideout Julio Jones, who arrives in Tampa on a one-year deal.
Jones spent 2021 with the Tennessee Titans, but only managed to play 10 games due to injuries. He had his statistically worst season as a pro, managing 31 catches for 434 yards and one touchdown. The Titans released him after the season ended.
Despite last year’s struggles, Jones had his pick of teams this summer and reportedly considered offers from various Super Bowl contenders, including the Green Bay Packers. But, in the end, the Bucs’ offer of warm weather and a chance to play with Brady was something the 33-year-old player couldn’t refuse.
Despite his past credentials, Jones will have to work hard to carve an impactful role on the Bucs’ offense. The team’s wideout room is loaded and includes Pro Bowlers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin, veteran Breshad Perriman, and pricey free agent acquisition Russell Gage.
Julio Jones played his best football during his 10 years with the Atlanta Falcons, who took him sixth overall in 2011. During that period, Jones made seven Pro Bowls, five All-Pro teams, and has led the NFL in receiving yards two times. He holds a number of NFL career records, including most receiving yards per game (91.9) and being the fastest to 13,000 career receiving yards (137 games).