“I’m outta there,” Jones said when reached by telephone by Shannon Sharpe on the network’s “Undisputed” show.
Jones had been the subject of trade talks recently after general manager Terry Fontenot said the team would be taking calls about the former All-Pro receiver earlier this year.
Jones requested a trade from the Falcons at the beginning of the offseason but the organization was trying to protect him and work quietly behind the scenes, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter, and have been talking to other teams for weeks now. The Falcons prefer not to trade him in the NFC, but would do so for the right price, the source said.
Atlanta has asked teams that have inquired about Jones for a first-round draft pick in return, sources tell Schefter.
When Jones was asked by Sharpe where he would like to go play, he said he would like to go play for a winner.
“Right now I wanna win,” Jones said.
Jones, whose base salary of $15.3 million is fully guaranteed for this season, is scheduled to cost the Falcons $23.05 million against the cap in 2021 and has cap hits of $19.263 million in 2022 and 2023.
Jones has played 10 seasons with the Falcons, who selected him sixth overall in the 2011 draft, leading the NFL in receiving twice (1,871 yards in 2015 and 1,677 yards in 2019) and three times in yards per game (2015, 2016 and 2019). He made seven Pro Bowls and was named first-team All-Pro in 2015 and 2016.
He became one of the faces of the Falcons, starting 134 of the 135 games he played in and making 848 catches for 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns. He’s the Falcons’ all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards and second to Roddy White in receiving touchdowns (63).
Jones, though, had one of his worst seasons in 2020, limited to nine games due to injury with 51 catches for 771 yards and three touchdowns. While his 15.1 yards per catch was his highest since 2017 and his catch percentage of 75 percent was the best of his career, his 85.7 yards per game was his lowest since 2012, his second year in the league.