Julio Jones, Colts Haven't Had Contract Talks, per GM Chris Ballard

Adam WellsJuly 26, 2022

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As Julio Jones continues to search for a new team before the start of the season, the Indianapolis Colts haven't checked in on the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.

General manager Chris Ballard told reporters on Tuesday the Colts haven't had any discussions with Jones or his camp about joining the team.

The Tennessee Titans released Jones in March after he had one disappointing season with the club.

The Titans acquired Jones in June 2021 from the Atlanta Falcons. Playing alongside A.J. Brown, the receiver duo was expected to open up the passing game in Tennessee for head coach Mike Vrabel and offensive coordinator Todd Downing.

Early returns for Jones were promising. The five-time All-Pro had 128 yards on six receptions in a Week 2 victory over the Seattle Seahawks.

That game turned out to be the high point for Jones in 2021. He dealt with hamstring issues that caused him to miss seven games during the regular season. The 33-year-old struggled to make an impact when he was able to play.

Jones set career-lows in targets (48), receptions (31), receiving yards (434) and touchdowns (one) in 10 games last season. He only played nine games with the Falcons in 2020, but he still managed to have 51 receptions and 771 yards.

Since he left the Titans, there have been rumblings about several teams that could have interest in Jones. Albert Breer of The MMQB noted the Dallas Cowboys could be a fit because of Jones' relationship with defensive coordinator Dan Quinn.

Quinn was Atlanta's head coach from 2015 to 2020, leading the team to an appearance in Super Bowl LI after the 2016 season. The Cowboys also have a need at wide receiver after trading Amari Cooper to the Cleveland Browns and losing Cedrick Wilson Jr. to the Miami Dolphins in free agency.

In May, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport said on The Pat McAfee Show the Green Bay Packers would make sense for Jones.

Green Bay could use some insurance at wide receiver after trading Davante Adams to the Las Vegas Raiders. Allen Lazard, Sammy Watkins, Randall Cobb and Christian Watson are the top four receivers on the roster as training camp opens.

There's no indication either the Cowboys or Packers are looking to bring in Jones at this point.

The Colts don't necessarily need another big-body receiver, even though Jones could be a huge difference-maker. He also has an established rapport with Matt Ryan from their 10 years together as teammates in Atlanta from 2011 to 2020.

Indianapolis could wait to see how rookie Alec Pierce looks during training camp to see if he is ready for a major role in the offense. If he looks green, perhaps Jones could pop up on the team's radar.


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