Chicago Bears: Could Julio Jones be headed to the NFC North?

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The Chicago Bears would be in trouble if Julio Jones ends up in Detroit

We have now heard Julio Jones say he wants to go to a winning team. No offense to the Detroit Lions, but they are not that team. That said, the Lions could be a team that could make something happen here if they choose says analyst Shaun O’Hara.

After the Jared Goff and Matthew Stafford trade, the Lions came away with the Rams 2022 first-round pick. Now the team owns two first-rounders. Rumors are that although the Falcons were not shopping Julio Jones, they were accepting offers and a first-rounder was rumored to be the starting price.

The Lions literally have one of the worst wide receiver corps. on paper. I am a fan of their draft pick this year in Amon-Ra St. Brown, but I am not ready to anoint him as a WR1 in the league. The team lost both Marvin Jones and Kenny Golladay this offseason and is left with Quentez Cephus Tyrell Williams and Breshad Perriman to team up with St. Brown. Needless to say, I think we will see Jared Goff truly struggle this season as opposed to being in Sean McVay’s system with the Rams.

What separates the Lions from other teams who could seriously make an offer for Julio Jones is that they have an extra first-round pick and the salary cap room currently to take on Jones’ contract. Jones could give Goff a true target and give the Lions a fighting chance to make some noise each week.

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No matter if he ends up in Detroit or Green Bay, seeing Julio Jones twice a year would not be a good thing for the Chicago Bears. Even though Julio has never fared well versus the Bears (205 yards and no touchdowns in three appearances), seeing him twice a year would likely change that. If for some reason the Falcons move on from Julio Jones, I am hopeful it will not be into the NFC North — even if that’s what two NFL analysts want to see happen.