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Patriots reportedly trade QB Mac Jones to Jaguars for sixth-round pick

THE New England Patriots trade a struggling quarterback MacJones At Jacksonville Jaguars, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The return appears to be a sixth-round pick.

This reported trade will be in limbo for a few days, as it cannot be processed until the new league year begins on Wednesday.

This trade ends the saga between Jones and the Patriots and, in many ways, ends Bill Belichick's tenure as head coach. Need a quarterback after disastrous stint with Cam Newton in 2020, the Patriots drafted Jones 15th overall in 2021 and immediately pressed him into service. He started all 17 games of the season, finished with a 10-7 record, made the playoffs, and finished second in voting for Offensive Rookie of the Year.

It was the climax. From there, it all went downhill. His effectiveness declined in 2022, and in 2023 he was a disaster. He struggled mightily and was not helped by the team Belichick assembled or by Belichick himself. He was benched several times in favor of Bailey Zappe. The fans, who were promised a replacement for Tom Bradywere disappointed and tired of him.

Considering all of this, this trade is probably the best path forward for everyone involved. The Patriots, led by a brand new head coach Jerod Mayo, picks third overall in the upcoming draft and will almost certainly take a young quarterback they can build around. Jones, whose talent could never live up to his draft position, is now getting a fresh start Trevor Lawrence in his hometown of Jacksonville.

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