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NFL: 49ers not denying interest in WR Julio Jones

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Is former Atlanta Falcons assistant coach Kyle Shanahan interested in bringing All-Pro wide receiver Julio Jones to San Francisco?

The 49ers’ head coach stopped well short of dousing trade rumors connecting Jones to San Francisco. Rumor might have become reality on Monday when Jones told Fox Sports 1 he was “out of there” with regard to his time with the Falcons.

“I’m always interested in improving our team,” Shanahan said. “I would never say we’re just done.”

The 49ers made a big splash in the offseason by trading up for the No. 3 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft and selecting North Dakota State quarterback Trey Lance.

San Francisco has been active and regularly engaged in the veteran trade market during general manager John Lynch’s tenure, including the 2017 midseason acquisition of quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo.

Jones would be owed more than $15 million for the 2021 season in a trade that couldn’t officially be finalized until after 4 p.m. on June 1 (next Tuesday).

The seven-time Pro Bowler has caught 848 passes for 12,896 yards and 60 touchdowns during 10 NFL seasons.

Earlier Tuesday, first-year Falcons head coach Arthur Smith attempted to distance himself from Jones trade talk.

“Any private conversation that I have with our players is going to remain private on my end,” Smith said. “And I’m not going to sit here and comment on any potential roster moves that we may or may not make.”

–Field Level Media

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