The Tampa Bay Buccaneers announced midweek the signing of wide receiver Julio Jones for one season. He reinforces a good line of receivers for QB Tom Brady.
New weight reinforcement for the Buccaneers: Julio Jones, wide receiver seven times summoned to the Pro Bowl, officially signed a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Wednesday.
The NFL Network reported that the one-year deal showed a salary of $6 million, with an additional $2 million in bonuses based on performance.
At 33, Jones comes to fill a position already crowned with many talents including Mike Evans and his former Atlanta Falcons teammate Russell Gage.
On Tuesday, the Buccaneers opened up a spot in their training camp roster by cutting tigh end Codey McElroy with an injury designation. He spent much of his time in training camp, but only played one game in 2019 and two in 2021.
By landing in Florida, Jones provides insurance for star quarterback Tom Brady and the Buccaneers if Chris Godwin, still in rehabilitation, is unable to return in time following his ruptured anterior cruciate ligaments.
Asked at his press conference, he said that “joining a future hall of famer quarterback and the impressive coaching staff” were his main reasons for signing with the Buccaneers. He also cited the environment. “I’m from Alabama and played in Georgia. It’s next to. My family can come to see me and not come.”
He played his first 10 seasons with the Falcons before moving to Tennessee in June 2021 with a 2023 sixth-round Draft pick for a 2022 second-round pick and a protected 2023 fourth-round pick.
Bouncing back from the Titans episode
Author of a disappointing last season with the Tennessee Titans, he suffered from multiple hamstring injuries. “His health has been a problem, but he is healthy now”Buccaneers coach Todd Bowles said Wednesday.
Jones said he was ready to contribute in any way necessary. “Having the chance to come here and work, my goal is to bring whatever I can to the team to help – be it a mentor or a style of play, whatever the case may be”did he declare.
Jones also said he wasn’t concerned about his jersey number choice saying: “I dial the number. The number does not make me. Jones wore 11 with the Falcons and 2 with the Titans. Two numbers already occupied by Blaine Gabbert (11) and Kyle Trask (n2).
Julio Jones combined for 1,300 receiving yards in six consecutive seasons from 2014-2019 and was All-Pro in 2015 and 2016. He also had 100+ receptions three times and set Atlanta franchise records of 136 catches and 1,871 yards in 2015. Jones holds Falcons career records of 848 catches and 12,896 yards.