Tennessee Titans releasing wide receiver Julio Jones after one season | Source

Ben Arthur
Nashville Tennessean
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The Julio Jones experiment is over in Nashville after just one season. 

The Tennessee Titans are releasing the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver, a source with direct knowledge of the move confirmed to The Tennessean. The source spoke on the condition of anonymity, as the team has yet to announce the move. 

Jones' release is a post-June 1 designation, according to the source, which means the Titans will carry his full cap number until June 2, at which point Tennessee will gain $9.5 million in cap space for 2022.

The team also incurs a $4.8 million dead money charge against the cap by cutting Jones, per Over The Cap. 

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The Titans acquired Jones from the Falcons last June for a 2022 second-round pick and a 2023 sixth-round selection. The two-time first-team All-Pro wideout arrived in Nashville with high expectations and the hope he could lift an already talented offense, and team, into Super Bowl contention. But his time with Tennessee was marred by injury, as he played just 10 games due to a lingering hamstring issue. The 33-year-old posted career lows across the board in 2021: in receptions (31), receiving yards (434) and touchdowns (1). 

Jones was the sixth overall pick by Atlanta in 2011. He spent the first decade of his career with the Falcons. 

Titans star receiver A.J. Brown, who campaigned on social media to bring Jones to Nashville, took to Twitter to say his goodbye to the perennial Pro Bowler. 

"You have taught me a lot in a short period of time," Brown said. "I'm grateful to be apart of (your) journey. You're the reason why I started to begin to play this game. A HOF receiver is what you are and what I strive to be one day. 

"Thank you, I'll take it from here!" Brown continued. "Salute!"

Ben Arthur covers the Tennessee Titans for The USA TODAY Network. Contact him at barthur@gannett.com and follow him on Twitter at @benyarthur.

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