Reports from NFL Network suggest that at least one NFL quarterback, who kicked off the 2023 season as a starter, is poised for a trade in the imminent weeks.
Speculation is rife regarding New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones’ future, with NFL Network indicating a likelihood of him donning a different jersey in the upcoming offseason. Despite Bill Belichick’s departure as head coach, the sentiment persists that new head coach Jerod Mayo may opt for a fresh start at the quarterback position.
Even though Bill Belichick is gone, former first-round pick Mac Jones — who lost the starting role and ended up third string by the end of the 2023 season — is a trade candidate in the coming weeks and most likely will end up elsewhere for the 2024 season.
With the Patriots securing the No. 3 overall pick in the forthcoming NFL Draft, attention turns to potential replacements.
Should Caleb Williams be the premier selection, New England finds itself in a prime position to consider North Carolina’s Drake Maye or LSU’s Jayden Daniels.
ESPN’s Dan Graziano adds fuel to the fire, suggesting the Patriots could maneuver in the draft and explore the veteran quarterback market in free agency, further diminishing Jones’ prospects of remaining in New England.
Despite a promising rookie season highlighted by a Pro Bowl appearance in 2021, Jones’ trajectory has since plummeted. A lackluster 2-9 record as a starter in the past season, coupled with modest statistical output of 2,120 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions, has cast doubt on his future with the Patriots.
While discussions of retaining Jones for another season have circulated, the Patriots are undeniably inclined to seek upgrades. Given Jones’ underwhelming performance in 2023, the quest for a superior alternative appears warranted and potentially within reach.