Jones joins a receiver group with the Bucs that includes holdovers Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Tyler Johnson, Scotty Miller and Breshad Perriman, and welcomed Russell Gage — like Jones, another former Falcon — this offseason. Godwin is recovering from a torn ACL suffered late last season, and the Bucs plan to take things slowly with him as he comes back from offseason knee surgery, so Jones’ signing gives them the ability to do that.
The Titans released Jones in March, just one season after acquiring him in a trade from the Falcons.
Tennessee dealt two draft picks to acquire him last year, hoping he would provide much-needed balance to its passing attack. However, he appeared in just 10 games because of injuries and had career lows with 31 receptions for 434 yards and just one touchdown reception. It was the second straight season Jones was limited by injury. He appeared in just nine games for the Falcons in 2020.
The Falcons drafted Jones sixth overall in 2011, sending multiple picks to the Cleveland Browns to be able to take the Alabama standout. Atlanta, when it moved up to acquire Jones, traded its first-round pick in 2011 (No. 26), its second-round pick, two fourth-round picks and its 2012 first-round pick.
Jones, 33, is the Falcons’ career leader in catches (848) and yards (12,896) and is second to Roddy White in touchdown receptions (63). His 91.9 receiving yards per game is the best per-game average in NFL history.
He also leads the NFL in receiving yards since 2014, and Evans leads the NFL in touchdown catches (75) during that span. Now, they’re both on the same team.
ESPN’s Jenna Laine contributed to this report.