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NFL: Julio Jones declines A.J. Brown’s offer, will wear No. 2

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Tennessee Titans wide receiver A.J. Brown said Tuesday that his offer of his No. 11 jersey was declined by new teammate Julio Jones.

The Titans announced late Tuesday that Jones would wear No. 2 this season.

“#11 until I retire. I tried to give it up and he wouldn’t take it. Respect,” Brown wrote on Twitter.

Brown, 23, has done well for himself while wearing the No. 11 jersey with the Titans. He has 122 receptions for 2,126 yards and 19 touchdowns in 30 career NFL games, including 70 catches for 1,075 yards and 11 scores last season.

While those numbers are good, Jones is a seven-time Pro Bowl selection and ranks as the Atlanta Falcons’ all-time leader in receptions (848) and yards (12,896). His 60 touchdown catches were three shy of Roddy White’s club record.

The Titans acquired Jones and a 2023 sixth-round pick from the Falcons on Sunday in exchange for a 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round selection.

Jones likely had the option to take No. 8, which he wore while playing in college for Alabama. That number is currently being worn by Titans rookie punter James Smith.

Jones, 32, did not have the option of wearing the No. 1 jersey with Tennessee. That number is retired by the franchise to honor Pro Football Hall of Famer Warren Moon.

–Field Level Media

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