NFL Rumors: Eagles encouraged to sign two-time All-Pro WR
The Eagles have done a tremendous job retaining key pieces from last year’s NFC Championship roster, and they may not be done adding talent.
“We don’t think we’re complete in any way, shape, or form,” GM Howie Roseman stated in April. “We’re always looking to improve.”
In the draft, Philadelphia selected top Georgia prospects Jalen Carter and Nolan Smith, staying true to their philosophy of building inside out. On the flip side, AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Dallas Goedert shape one of the league’s most potent offenses, spearheaded by their ascending quarterback Jalen Hurts.
Factor in shifty tailback D’Andre Swift, and the Eagles should find themselves firmly in Super Bowl contention again in 2023. With that said, you can never have enough depth, and you can often find gems in the later waves of free agency, just as the Eagles did last year when they signed James Bradberry in May.
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According to USA Today’s For The Win, two-time All-Pro and current free-agent WR Julio Jones could land in Philadelphia as he continues to weigh his options:
“At this point in his career, future Hall of Fame receiver Julio Jones will either probably chase a Super Bowl ring or retire. If the Philadelphia Eagles gave him a call, he could reunite with former Titans teammate A.J. Brown and give Philadelphia a spectacular depth addition to its receiving group.
Jones’ health has been a point of concern in recent seasons, but Philadelphia is deep enough at the position to give the former Atlanta Falcons star the limited snaps he’d need to really make an impact and stay as healthy as possible.
While the Eagles have a very good receiver room as it is, adding Jones is the kind of luxury move a team like this makes to further elevate its Super Bowl potential.”
Jones, 34, last appeared with Tampa Bay in 2022, catching 24 passes for 299 yards and two TDs from Tom Brady. After registering at least 1,100 receiving yards in seven of his first nine years in the NFL, injuries and age have caught up to Jones, having played in just 29 of 50 possible games over the last three seasons.
Although he’s no longer the player he once was, Jones is still capable of making plays, and Philly would give him a quality chance at the Super Bowl ring he deserved in 2016.
Just two seasons ago, Eagles CB Darius Slay campaigned for the Eagles to trade for Julio Jones. Additionally, AJ Brown and Jones have already played together during their time at Tennesee. If the stars were to align, perhaps Jones’ experience could help bring the Lombardi back to Philadelphia.
Jones has totaled 903 receptions for 13,629 yards and 63 TDs across his illustrious 12-year career and is one of just five players in NFL history to have at least three seasons with 1,500+ receiving yards.
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