Buccaneers sign seven-time Pro Bowl WR Julio Jones

Seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Julio Jones will catch passes from Tom Brady next season on a one-year contract with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

Jones, 33, spent the first decade of his career with the Atlanta Falcons, where he racked up 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns in 10 seasons. In June 2021, he was traded to the Tennessee Titans for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 third-day draft pick trade.

In his only season with Tennessee, Jones suffered a hamstring injury and caught just 31 passes for 434 yards in 10 games. He recorded his only touchdown of the year in the Titans’ regular season finale. Jones was released by the team in March.

Now Jones will join the division rival Falcons, where he will be part of a large receiving corps that includes four-time Pro Bowler Mike Evans and former Pro Bowler Chris Godwin.

Last season, the Buccaneers won the NFC South with a 13-4 record, but lost in the Divisional Round of the playoffs to the Los Angeles Rams. Godwin was out of action in the playoffs with a knee injury, and the Buccaneers parted ways with receiver Antonio Brown late in the regular season after a midgame meltdown.

Jones is 17th in NFL history in receiving yards and needs 670 yards to become the 13th player to reach 14,000 career yards.

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