Alabama Football: Lots of Tide fans want the Pats to nab Julio Jones

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It is possible to be an Alabama football fan and not a New England Patriots fan. Plenty of Crimson Tide fans pull for other NFL teams and root against the Pats, especially when Tom Brady was in New England.

With the Pats now having six former Alabama football players on their roster (including free agent Dont’a Hightower), it is harder to not be a New England fan. That number could grow to seven with Julio Jones available in free agency.

Jones would join Mac Jones, Damien Harris, Christian Barmore, Mack Wilson, Anfernee Jennings, and possibly Hightower, in a Pats uniform next season.

Hampered by injury, Julio appeared in only 10 games for the Tennessee Titans. His production suffered accordingly, going down to 31 receptions for 434 yards and one touchdown. In his 10 Atlanta Falcons seasons, Julio averaged almost 85 catches per season, along with an average of six touchdowns per season. In 2015, Julio had 136 receptions for 1,831 yards and eight touchdowns. He has 879 receptions, for 13,330 yards and 61 touchdowns in his NFL career.

Julio Jones Alabama Football Stats

At 33, Jones will not be what he has been. That does not mean he cannot still be a difference-maker for the right team. Speculation has Jones being a good fit for Dallas, San Francisco, Kansas City and Green Bay.

Alabama football fans want to see Julio paired up with Mac Jones and the Pats or Tua and the Dolphins.

Numerous current NFL players have reached out to Julio urging him to join their team. One of them is legendary quarterback, Tom Brady. Alabama football fans will root for Julio whatever jersey he wears next season. For some that could mean wanting Julio to do well, but not wishing the same for Tom Brady and Tampa Bay.

What Julio needs in his next quarterback is an accurate passer. He could get that with Mac or Tua. He also needs a team that will target him more frequently than did Atlanta and Tennessee in his two most recent seasons. In fairness to those teams, injuries were a factor for Julio in the 2020 and 2021 seasons and as a result, he played in only 19 games.

An added and most important benefit some team will get with Julio is leadership. His locker room presence alone would lift most teams.

Note: Julio’s NFL stats provided courtesy of

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Alabama fans want the Crimsom Tide legend to go out a winner. Here’s hoping Julio gets that chance.