Julio Jones: Tampa Bay Buccaneers sign wide receiver on one-year deal to strengthen Tom Brady’s options

Jones had a poor career year with the Tennessee Titans in 2021, having seven 1,000-yard receiving seasons in his 10-year career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Julio Jones signs a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as he seeks to reclaim his position among the NFL’s top receivers as he continues his search for a Super Bowl ring.

It was only the fourth time in 11 seasons that he failed to gain 1,000 receiving yards, Jones having done so six years in a row between 2014 and 2019 while with the Atlanta Falcons.

Jones’ career 13,330 receiving yards remains the highest by an active player in the league, and his 91.9 yards per game is the current NFL record.

The 33-year-old, Alabama’s first-round pick in 2011, led the league in receiving yards twice in a single season in 2015 (1,871) and 2018 (1,677).

Jones was part of the 2016 Falcons team that lost to Brady’s New England Patriots in Super Bowl LI after leading 28–3 in the third quarter.

His arrival in Tampa will bolster a receiving group that already includes Mike Evans, who is entering 2022 looking to have nine straight receiving seasons for 1,000 yards while easing pressure on Chris Godwin as he recovers from last year’s ACL tear.

The Bucs also added former Falcons wide receiver Russell Gage at the start of the offseason and have sophomores Jaylon Darden, Breshad Perryman, Scotty Miller, Cyril Grayson Jr. and Tyler Johnson at their disposal.

Jones’ introduction also comes after the retirement of Brady’s favorite tight end target Rob Gronkowski.

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