Two-time All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones has agreed to a one-year deal with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
The 33-year-old wide receiver spent last season with the Tennessee Titans after playing the previous 10 seasons for the Atlanta Falcons, who drafted Jones in 2011.
Jones struggled to stay on the field with the Titans, missing a combined seven games with injuries. He landed on the injured reserve after Week 10 for a hamstring injury, missing three games. In the four games he played following that stint, Jones amassed just 98 receiving yards over a four-game stretch.
In his first year away from Atlanta, he caught 31 targets on 48 targets for 434 yards and a single touchdown. All of those marks serve as career lows.
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After leaving a team where he served as the secondary target next to A.J. Brown, Jones is expected to carry a much smaller role on Tampa Bay. He joins Mike Evans and free-agent signing Russell Gage along with Chris Godwin, who is returning from an ACL tear suffered late in the 2021 regular season. Godwin on Tuesday was cleared to play rather than begin the year on the physically unable to perform list, the Tampa Bay Times’ Rick Stroud reported.
A seven-time Pro Bowl selection, Jones is the all-time NFL leader in career receiving yards per game with 91.9.
The Buccaneers have previously tried to capitalize on revitalizing older wide receivers. Tampa Bay signed 32-year-old Antonio Brown during the team’s Super Bowl LV run in 2020. Brown would eventually leave the team last season after running off the field mid-game during Week 16’s contest against the New York Jets.
Jones will now be catching passes from Tom Brady, who came out of a brief retirement at 45 in March. Brady and Jones previously squared off in Super Bowl 51, where the New England Patriots launched a historic comeback from a 28-3 deficit to beat the Falcons.
Now, the two will work together to bring another Super Bowl to Tampa Bay.