FRISCO - Julio Jones is having some fun with the fact that he was photographed wearing a Dallas Cowboys hoodie. But he is apparently having no fun at all still serving as a member of the Atlanta Falcons.
"I'm out of there, man,'' he told FS1 on Monday morning when asked about Atlanta, saying he wants to join a winning team.
And what about the zany idea of being traded to the Cowboys?
"Oh, nah, nah,'' Jones seems to say in a live on-air phone conversation with host Shannon Sharpe. "I ain't goin to Dallas. Man, I never thought on going to Dallas."
News broke last week in Atlanta that the Falcons would like to part ways with their iconic wide receiver, setting in motion an avalanche of speculation and gossip.
One piece of news that does seem to be factual: Jones has been in DFW training with fellow NFL star Derrick Henry, the Tennessee Titans rushing champ. And at some point, it seems Jones picked himself up a Cowboys hoodie. ... maybe while he was working out with a group of Cowboys players, as goes a rumor.
A fan photograph of Julio in a Cowboys hoodie set Cowboys Nation ablaze with speculation, and suddenly you can bet - with +1600 odds - on Dallas’ chances of acquiring the seven-time Pro Bowler (per SportsBetting.ag).
Baltimore, San Francisco, New England, the Chargers, Henry’s Titans, Indianapolis and a Green Bay team looking to pacify forever-unhappy QB Aaron Rodgers all make more sense.
But is Jones working out in Green Bay? Is he wearing a Colts hoodie? Does he have another team’s equivalent to legendary Cowboys booster Michael Irvin tweeting about it?
The team that does trade for Jones’ $15.3 million base salary and his $66 million contract will probably not be the Dak Prescott-led one that already boasts Amari Cooper, CeeDee Lamb and Michael Gallup at wide receiver.
We are not sure what the market is for a pricy wide receiver in his 30s who is coming off a season in which he was healthy enough to play only nine games. But we already knew Dallas wasn't in the market here, which is why we joked over the weekend: If we were in charge of betting real money based on this photo of two interesting sports shirts?
We’d probably put the odds of the Cowboys trading for Julio Jones slightly ahead of the odds of them trading for Ozzie Smith.