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Peter King skeptical an NFL team offered a 1st-round pick for Julio Jones – 49ers Webzone


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As expected, there has been a lot of
Julio Jones speculation leading into this week. After Tuesday, the Atlanta Falcons can trade veteran wide receiver Julio Jones, offload his salary, and break up his cap hit between multiple years.

There has been speculation that the San Francisco 49ers might be interested. Of course, that has just been speculation, as no teams can officially comment on any interest while the receiver remains under contract with the Falcons. There is the link with 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan, Jones’ offensive coordinator in Atlanta for two seasons. The wideout had the best statistical season of his career in his first season with Shanahan.

ESPN’s Dianna Russini recently reported that the Falcons have been involved in several trade discussions for Jones, and that one interested team has even offered a future first-round pick for the receiver. That team probably wouldn’t be the 49ers. They don’t have a first-rounder until 2024, thanks to a trade up this year to draft quarterback Trey Lance.

Many fans doubt that a first-rounder might be on the table for the 32-year-old Jones. They see it as a rumor possibly put out by the Falcons, which makes sense for a team desperate to move the receiver but also seeking to drive up his trade value.

Count Peter King of NBC Sports among those who are skeptical that the Falcons have a first-round offer on the table.

“ESPN reported last week the Falcons have been offered a first-round pick for Jones,” wrote King in the latest installment of his always lengthy Football Morning in America columns. “I’m skeptical of that, but we’ll see. ‘If Atlanta had that offer,’ one GM with interest in Jones told me last week, ‘they’d have made the deal and just said we’ll announce it next week.’ It could be that the Falcons may end up with a first-round pick in a future draft beyond 2022, but I believe they have not been offered that yet.”

The logic makes sense. And we’ll see what happens after June 1. There are several other tidbits regarding Jones in King’s column, including the Falcons’ willingness to accept a second-round pick in 2022 for Jones.

Another small 49ers-related tidbit from King is the longtime writer defending his placement of San Francisco within his recent power rankings. King has the Niners at No. 5. One Seattle Seahawks fan was not pleased with San Francisco being ranked that much higher over his favorite team, which came in at No. 12. The fan points out that the 49ers have only had one season with more than six wins since Shanahan and general manager John Lynch took over and that the Seahawks are consistently good.

“As a long-time Seattle fan, this is what really irks me about national coverage,” he adds.

King responded to the criticism, explaining why the 49ers are ranked so high after coming off a six-win season.

“When I do these ratings, Mark (the fan), I have to ask myself what every team is going to look like on Sept. 1 of this year, not the previous year or years,” wrote King. “Last year, coming off being up 10 in the fourth quarter of a Super Bowl with Jimmy Garoppolo at quarterback the key player on the offense and Nick Bosa at defensive end the key player on the defense, I had the Niners rated fourth entering the season. And in the first half of the second game of the season, Bosa and Garoppolo both got hurt and those injuries wrecked their seasons. Now they’re back, with a new QB on the horizon, and I like their chances to be more like the 2019 team than the 2020 team.”

Last week, King noted that the improved quarterback depth also had a lot to do with the confidence in San Francisco’s roster for the upcoming season.

“In two of the last three years, they have had to play the majority of the season with a scrub quarterback,” King said while speaking with Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk. “And so, at this point, I think the quarterbacks will make all the difference.”

One longtime NFL writer, Peter King of NBC Sports, wouldn’t be shocked to see the San Francisco 49ers trade for future Hall of Fame wide receiver Julio Jones. That doesn’t necessarily mean he expects the move to happen. King just wouldn’t be surprised if it did.

Such a move would make it clear that the 49ers are in win-now mode. The team already has what many believe to be a championship-caliber roster. King recently listed San Francisco as his second-best NFC squad behind the Super Bowl champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers and fifth-best overall in his power rankings.

King also notes that there are some hurdles to adding Jones and his salary to the 49ers roster. OverTheCap.com

For weeks, the Atlanta Falcons have had an asking price of a first-round pick in return for their disgruntled receiver Julio Jones.

However, that may not be the case now. As we approach June 1st, the date upon which teams will not lose compensatory picks for any player additions, Atlanta’s asking price has lowered, but with one caveat: the team trading for Jones has to be willing to take on all of his salary.

Peter King of NBC Sports reported Sunday that the Falcons have been looking for trade situations under which the team would not be responsible for any of the $38 million in guaranteed money remaining on Jones’ deal.

With the 49ers being one of the potential suitors that does not currently have a first-round pick, news that the Falcons would

It isn’t easy to care about power rankings in May. For some, it isn’t easy to care about power rankings — period. Still, they do serve a purpose. They are a good gauge to judge the perception of each NFL team.

Even Peter King acknowledges that power rankings “absolutely mean nothing.” Still, that didn’t stop him from releasing his own via his latest Football Morning in America feature for NBC Sports. King has the San Francisco 49ers, coming off a six-win season, ranked in his top five. That is noteworthy, considering most power rankings have San Francisco listed somewhere in the area of No. 9 — give or take a spot or two.


After playing without Jimmy Garoppolo for 23 games over the past three seasons, the San Francisco 49ers sought to improve their quarterback depth this offseason. They were aggressive about it, too. The team initially sat at No. 12 overall in the draft order and knew that might not cut it if it wanted one of the top quarterback prospects.

Head coach Kyle Shanahan fell in love with Trey Lance in January. So rather than worrying about what might happen around it, the team engineered a trade up to No. 3 overall to make sure Lance ended up in Santa Clara.

The increased quarterback depth and upgrade over Nick Mullens and C.J. Beathard as backups influenced San Francisco coming in at No. 5 in

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