Julio Jones’ deal with the Buccaneers makes it clear he’s in it to win the Super Bowl
At 33, Julio Jones’ legacy is secure. He’s a seven-time Pro Bowler, was a perennial All-Pro, and is the 17th all-time NFL leader in receiving yards (13,330) despite a decade in the league.
But one crucial and divine aspect missing from the Hall of Fame’s likely future career is a Super Bowl win.
After a year-long relative misfire with the Titans and Ryan Tannehill, Jones probably couldn’t have picked a better team in the Buccaneers to finally get over the hump. I mean, Tom Brady and his seven Super Bowl rings? So go. If anyone can finally bring a great player like Jones to the top, it’s Brady.
This raises an interesting point about the one-year, $8 million deal (with a base of $6 million) Jones signed with Tampa Bay: All incentives point to Brady’s Bucs aiming for a Super Bowl with their new 6-foot-3, 220-pound point guard.
Details of Julio Jones’ incentives in his Bucs contract: He has 10 bonuses of $200,000 in play for up to $2 million in incentives. He gets them if he hits 50/60/70/80 receptions and 600/700/800/900 receiving yards, plus $200,000 if the Bucs win the NFC title and $200,000 with the Super Bowl win.
— Greg Auman (@gregauman) July 27, 2022
Eh. How about that? I can’t remember the last time a player was able to earn 25% of the total sum of his one-year contract if he not only performed well but helped lead his new team onto the football pitch promised. The Buccaneers must have a lot of faith in Jones if they’re willing to stipulate such terms. (It’s probably also Brady giving the ball to the veteran with regularity).
Of course, Jones hasn’t been himself lately due to a bad chance of injury. In the past two seasons between the Falcons and Titans — with just 19 total starts — Jones caught just 82 passes combined for 1,105 yards and four touchdowns. He caught more across the board (99 catches, 1,394 yards, six touchdowns) in his last healthy year at Atlanta in 2019.
Depending on the current state of his health, it could be difficult for Jones to score some of his individual referral contracts. That said, if he produces well enough, it wouldn’t be a stretch to see Jones play and/or win a Lombardi Trophy next February.
According to bettors at Tipico Sportsbook, Tampa Bay is +700 away from winning Super Bowl 57 next winter. It’s second only to the juggernaut bills on paper.
Whichever version of Jones was heading to Florida, he seemed to be picking the perfect spot to secure the only championship missing from his already storied career.
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