It’s safe to say that Julio Jones isn’t too happy with Shannon Sharpe right now.
Sharpe called Jones during Monday’s live airing of “Undisputed” with Skip Bayless. During the conversation that Sharpe had with Jones on speaker phone, the Falcons’ receiver confirmed to Sharpe that he wouldn’t be returning to Atlanta.
“No, man, I’m outta there, man,” Jones said.
And does Jones have a preferred landing spot?
“Right now, I wanna win,” Jones said.
Of course, Jones may not have known that he was on the air because Sharpe didn’t tell him until the end of the conversation. At that point, Jones quickly changed his tenor and denied any possibility of going to the Cowboys, which Sharpe was grilling him about.
“I ain’t going to Dallas, man,” Jones said. “I never thought about going to Dallas.”
Certainly, it was a low move by Sharpe to put Jones on the air without telling him. And doing so has set the rumor mill ablaze.
After that discussion went viral, NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport broke the news that Jones had, in fact, requested a trade away from the Falcons “a few months ago.” The team is listening to offers and, though Atlanta may not trade him, that explains the recent trade buzz surrounding Jones.
It will be interesting to see whether the Jones sweepstakes gain any steam after this news. Jones may be 32, but there are still plenty of teams that could use the former All-Pro’s skill set as they look to compete for a Super Bowl.
We’ll soon see what happens with Jones, but one thing seems certain: He probably won’t be answering any calls from Shannon Sharpe for a little while.
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