CINCINNATI — Julio Jones could've landed in the AFC North. There were plenty of rumblings about Baltimore and even some speculation about Cleveland being interested in the two-time All-Pro.
Ultimately, Jones was dealt to the Titans on Sunday in exchange for a second-round pick in 2022 and a fourth-round pick in 2023.
Despite the rumblings about the Ravens, Baltimore pulled itself out of the trade talks after taking wide receiver Rashod Bateman in the first-round (27th overall) of the 2021 NFL Draft.
"The Ravens discussed a Jones trade with the Falcons prior to the draft, but pulled out of the running after taking Rashod Bateman in the first round, and never got back in," Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer wrote in his Monday column.
Baltimore signed veteran receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency, before taking Bateman in the draft. They also have Marquise Brown on the roster and second-year wide-out Devin Duvernay appears to have taken a step forward in year two.
The Ravens' offense would've been much scarier on paper with Jones in the mix, but they felt comfortable with their current roster. They clearly expected Bateman to develop into a star.
Their starting trio of Watkins, Bateman and Brown are all former first-round picks. The Ravens were comfortable enough with their current roster to pass on Jones. Only time will tell if they made the right decision for their team and for star quarterback Lamar Jackson.
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