NFL Rumors: Patriots expected to trade QB Mac Jones after lackluster 2023 season

The New England Patriots, once a powerhouse with six Super Bowl victories, faced a challenging transition after the departure of Tom Brady. Mac Jones, brought in as Brady’s successor, struggled to match the NFL legend’s impact. Even their last season struggle cost the job of longtime head coach Bill Belichick. 

After these setbacks, Jones expresses his desire to continue his career with the Patriots. Nevertheless, reports suggest that the team is now contemplating opportunities for the young quarterback.

 Patriots are reportedly ready to trade Mac Jones

Recent reports from NFL Media’s Ian Rapoport suggest that the Patriots are exploring the possibility of trading former first-round draft pick Mac Jones. The team is reportedly open to trade discussions, with clubs expressing interest in acquiring the young quarterback.

Meanwhile, MassLive’s Mark Daniels indicates that the Patriots’ plan to revamp their quarterback room includes drafting a signal-caller with the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft and signing a veteran to start for the team in 2024. This strategy involves parting ways with Jones and a fresh start under new head coach Jerod Mayo. The Patriots might expect a fourth- or fifth-round draft pick in return for the trade.

For Jones, a trade could offer a fresh start and an opportunity to rediscover his form. Teams like the Raiders or Vikings, in need of a quarterback, could be potential landing spots. 

According to Dallas Robinson of Pro Football Network, the Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, San Francisco 49ers, Las Vegas Raiders, and Los Angeles Rams are among the teams showing interest in acquiring Jones. 

Mac Jones’s performance in 2023 NFL season

Mac Jones’ tenure as the New England Patriots’ starting quarterback hit a rough patch in 2023. The pressure was on Jones to improve after a shaky 2022 season. However, his struggles with turnovers and overall inconsistency led him to be benched four times in favor of backup Bailey Zappe. This shift signaled a turning point for the Patriots, raising questions about Jones’ future with the team.

With 2,120 yards, 12 interceptions, 10 touchdowns, and only two wins to his name, it was a challenging season for Jones. Ultimately, it marked the end of his tenure with the Patriots.

He was drafted in the first round of the 2021 NFL draft. At that time, he was initially hailed as a potential franchise quarterback for the Patriots. In his debut season, he showed promise as the team’s starter in 2022, regardless of the fact that he missed three games due to an ankle injury. 

Despite the team’s struggles, Jones established himself as a rising star. He eclipsed nearly 4,000 passing yards and notched an impressive 22 touchdowns. This stellar performance not only earned him a Pro Bowl nod, but also solidified his position as a runner-up for Offensive Rookie of the Year. His success suggests that Jones has the potential to be a franchise cornerstone, and his development will be crucial for the team’s future success.

It will remain to be seen where Jones ultimately ends up in the upcoming season.

Shabiha Akter

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Shabiha, once a casual observer, has morphed into a die-hard NFL fan. She carefully dissects every play, trade, and strategy. Whether it's breaking down game highlights or predicting playoff outcomes, Shabiha is your go-to source for all things NFL.

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