Julio Jones is settling into Nashville and life as a Tennessee Titan after being acquired Sunday from the Atlanta Falcons.
Jones has chosen to wear No. 2, the number made famous in Tennessee by kicker Rob Bironas, on his jersey. Fill-in kicker Sam Sloman wore that number in the regular-season finale in Houston when his last-second field goal clinched the AFC South title for the Titans.
The NFL just this season decided to relax its restrictions on the numbers that players can wear, allowing wide receivers to have single-digit numbers if they choose. The Titans posted a photoshopped picture of Jones in a No. 2 Titans uniform on their Twitter account.
According to new teammate A.J. Brown, he offered his No. 11 to Jones, who wore that number during his entire career in Atlanta, but Jones declined his offer. Brown chose 11 as a Titan due to the fact that Jones was his boyhood football hero.
#11 until I retire . I tried to give it up and he wouldn’t take it . Respect 🤝— AJ Brown (@1kalwaysopen_) June 8, 2021
Also, in order to officially obtain Jones, Titans general manager Jon Robinson had to do a little salary cap reconfiguring. He did so by reworking the deal of quarterback Ryan Tannehill and his base salary of $24.5 million. According to a report from NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, the reworking of Tannehill's deal freed up $18 million in cap space with two voidable years added to the quarterback's current deal. The Titans needed $15 million to fit Jones' guaranteed contract that came with him from Atlanta under the salary cap.
With Jones now officially a Titan, he can begin to learn the offense and his new teammates beginning with the off-season work that is going on this week.
Next week will be a busy time as well, as the Titans will have their mandatory mini-camp with three days of work that will wrap up the off-season with training camp set to convene in late July as the 2021 season will soon begin.