NASHVILLE – Titans General Manager Jon Robinson got his man, even if it took a little patience.
On Sunday, the team agreed to trade terms with the Atlanta Falcons on a deal that will send receiver Julio Jones to Tennessee, pending a physical.
Robinson said he'd been in discussions with Falcons GM Terry Fontenot in recent weeks. Robinson and coaches began looking at more film on Jones, while gathering information
"We've been talking for probably 2-3 weeks here, back and forth with Atlanta," Robinson said. "My hat's off to (Terry), this is his first big trade. He was great to work this, and he has a great career ahead of him. So I appreciate working with him, and dealing with him. But we had discussions back and forth the last couple of weeks, and it kind of picked up in intensity yesterday, and then finally found some closure on it this morning.
"We're excited to add Julio to the football team, and he's excited to be a part of what we have going on in Nashville," Robinson said. "It's a big day for our team."
Robinson said the Titans still have work to do before the deal becomes official, including Jones needing to pass a physical. Robinson also suggested the Titans need to work through some things from a salary cap standpoint to comply with NFL guidelines.
The full terms include Tennessee trading their 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 fourth-round selection to Atlanta in exchange for Jones and a sixth-round pick in 2023.
In Jones, the Titans are getting a game-changing, and team-changing player.
"He's big, he's fast, he's tough," Robinson said. "He's great with the ball in his hands. He's a willing blocker. I think a lot of the things that we ask of our receivers, which all the locals know, is get open, catch and block. He certainly checks those boxes and has done it as a high level for a lot of years in the National Football League.
"We did our due diligence with the film-work and the evaluation with about what he might add to the team. And we're excited we were able to get some closure with it today."
A 6-foot-3, 220-pounder, Jones has 12,896 receiving yards and 60 touchdowns in his 10-year career, on 848 catches. He's caught over 100 passes in three of his seasons, and he had at least 80 catches and 1,300 yards in every year from 2014-19, with an average of 104 receptions for 1,565 yards during that time period.
A seven-time Pro Bowler, Jones is Atlanta's all-time career leader in receptions (848), receiving yards (12,896) and 100-yard receiving games (58), and his 60 touchdown receptions rank second.
"Julio is a highly respected player in the league," Robinson said. "There's guys on our team that have relationships with him and know him personally and know how important team is to him.
"We're excited to get Julio in here, and I know he's excited to get to know his teammates, to get the timing down, and to get ready to work. … Hopefully we've bolstered (the team) today by adding Julio."
See some of the top images of Wide Receiver Julio Jones throughout his 10 years with the Atlanta Falcons. The Tennessee Titans agreed to terms with the Falcons in a trade for Jones, Sunday, June 6. (AP Images)