Julio Jones is set to return to the NFC South.
According to NFL Network Insider Tom Pelissero, the Buccaneers have signed the veteran wide receiver to a one-year contract.
Jones joins a former rival in Tampa with the hope of contending for a Super Bowl alongside quarterback Tom Brady, who stole a ring from Atlanta in an epic comeback in Super Bowl LI.
With Jones in the mix, Brady should be able to maintain his offensive prowess in Tampa. Jones joins Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, and newcomer Russell Gage in the Bucs’ receiving corps. While Godwin recovers from an ACL tear suffered late in the 2021 season, Jones serves as a fill-in. The Buccaneers also lost Rob Gronkowski this offseason due to his retirement.
Jones is coming off an injury-plagued season in Tennessee, where he only had 31 receptions for 434 yards and one touchdown in ten games. Jones was able to return for the Titans’ playoff run, recording six catches for 62 yards against the Bengals in the Divisional Round.
Jones, who is coming off a career-low season in all categories, may benefit from a different situation in Tampa. In 2021, the Bucs led the NFL in passing yards per game (307.6) and finished second in points per game (30.1). In his 22nd NFL season, Brady led the league in passing yards (5,316) and touchdowns (43).
Jones has the most receiving yards (13,330) among active players. He is a seven-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro. Jones, the Falcons’ all-time leading wide receiver, will seek the elusive Super Bowl ring in Tampa.