Few people in the Atlanta Falcons organization can match the legacy, stature and paycheck size of Julio Jones. But within that expansive and expensive contract, Jones merely gets paid to be a top-flight wide receiver and exceptional teammate.
In other words, the club likely doesn't consult with Jones on major personnel matters -- but it hasn't deterred him from speaking his mind about potential trades or acquisitions.
This week, TMZ Sports caught up with Jones, as a means of asking one specific question:
Would the Falcons be interested in acquiring the services of Antonio Brown–the disgruntled Steelers star ... and the NFL's most prolific receiver since 2013?
(Brown owns absurd averages of 114 catches, 1,524 yards and 11 TDs over the last six seasons.)
Julio's curt response: "Nah, man. We tight over here (in Atlanta). We good over here."
**The Falcons already have a top-flight trio of receivers (Jones, elite-level rookie Calvin Ridley, veteran Mohamed Sanu).
**Atlanta, which slumped to 7-9 this year (missing the playoffs, firing all three coordinators), likely has greater needs to fill this offseason (linebacker, defensive secondary, offensive and defensive lines).
**Brown currently rates as the NFL's No. 2 receiver, in terms of average annual salary ($17 million).
In the same survey, Jones ranks 11th ($14.25 million per year).
**Brown's presence would likely be a deterrent to Jones getting a lucrative contract extension this summer. By most accounts, Jones covets a new deal that matches or exceeds Brown's $17 million threshold.
From another vantage point, though, you can never have enough offensive firepower in this go-for-broke age of the NFL.
Especially with quarterback Matt Ryan's $30 million annual salary kicking in next fall.