The Tennessee Titans could be playing against a familiar face when they take on one of their biggest AFC rivals in 2022.

ESPN’s Bill Barnwell predicted this week that former Titans wide receiver Julio Jones will sign with the Indianapolis Colts this offseason.

The Colts traded for quarterback Matt Ryan earlier this offseason, so it makes sense that Indy would want to reunite their new quarterback with his former Atlanta Falcons teammate.

Jones and Ryan played together for 10 seasons in Atlanta. In 2019, Jones caught 99 passes for 1,394 yards and six touchdowns.

Here’s what ESPN says about the Colts possibly signing Jones:

There has been virtually no chatter around the longtime Falcons standout, who just limped through an injury-riddled disaster of a season with the Titans. Just three years removed from leading the NFL in receiving yards, the 33-year-old Jones was a salary-cap casualty in Tennessee, with GM Jon Robinson & Co. moving on after one year despite trading a second-round pick for Jones last summer.

Jones was still playing like a star in 2019 and was productive when healthy in 2020, so I think it’s a little too early to suggest that his career as a useful wideout is over. Jones averaged 2.7 yards per route run in 2020, which ranked right in line with stars like Stefon Diggs and DeAndre Hopkins, albeit over only a half-season of work. Jones has primarily been an outside receiver during his career, but I wonder if a team might be able to extend his NFL run by moving him inside more frequently, as the Cardinals did with Larry Fitzgerald in his 30s.

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver Julio Jones (2) pulls in a catch past San Francisco 49ers linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair (51) during the first quarter at Nissan Stadium Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn.
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Jones was released by the Titans earlier this offseason after underperforming during his one season in Nashville.

The former Alabama standout battled injuries last season and caught just 31 passes for 434 yards and one touchdown. Tennessee freed up salary by moving on from the veteran wide receiver.

If Jones can stay healthy in 2022, he can still be an extremely productive NFL player — especially if he moves inside as Barnwell suggested.

But I don’t think a healthy Jones in Indianapolis is anything for Titans fans to worry about, but he would definitely give Tennessee some headaches.

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