AL.com reports Saban -- who recruited and coached Jones at Alabama from 2008-10 -- personally gave his recommendation to Titans head coach Mike Vrabel when asked about trading for the seven-time Pro Bowl wide receiver.
“I’ve had a really good relationship with coach Saban,” Vrabel said on Thursday (June 11). “He’s welcomed me down there really to just try to get better and improve as a football coach. And then, the ability to call him and ask him about a situation, about adding a player that he’s coached was something that I was able to do.
"Coach Saban obviously thinks a great deal about Julio as a person.”
The Foley native broke the University of Alabama school records for single-season receptions and receiving yards, as well as single-game receiving yards, while helping the Tide win the 2009 BCS national championship during an undefeated season, the first of Saban's six national titles with the Tide.
NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports the Falcons agreed to trade Jones to the Titans in exchange for a 2022 second-round and 2023 fourth-round pick in the NFL Draft.
The Titans also received a 2023 sixth-round pick and took on $15.3 million of Jones' salary in 2023, as well as the rest of his current deal.
Atlanta will have $7.75 million in dead money during the 2021 season.
The move aligns Jones, a seven-time Pro Bowler, with fellow wide receiver A.J. Brown, a Pro Bowler in 2020, veteran quarterback Ryan Tannehill and fellow former Alabama standout and Heisman Trophy winner Derrick Henry, who led the NFL in rushing yards during the past two seasons.
Jones has been one of the NFL's best wide receivers since being selected No. 6 overall by the Falcons in the 2011 NFL Draft.
The 32-year-old currently has 848 receptions, 12,896 receiving yards, 60 touchdowns, and a 15.2 yards per reception average for his 10-year NFL career.