July 21, 2024

Patriots Trade Mac Jones to Jaguars After Tumultuous Run in New England

Many questioned the future of Patriots QB Mac Jones in New England after Bill Belichick’s exit as head coach. Well, now we know he’s getting traded.

Jones was traded to the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday for a 6th-round pick.

Mac Jones of the New England Patriots reacts on the sideline during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2022...

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots reacts on the sideline during the second half against the Chicago Bears at Gillette Stadium on October 24, 2022, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

Jones was drafted in the 1st-round of the 2021 NFL Draft to take up the reigns for the then-recently departed Tom Brady and lead New England into the post-Brady era. However, after a very solid rookie season, Jones’ production dropped significantly and consistently over the next two seasons, culminating in several sideline clashes with coaching staff, rumors of behind-the-scenes drama in the QB room, and, eventually, a benching.

Mac Jones of the New England Patriots reacts after officials overturned a spot to turn the ball over and end the game amia at Gillette Stadium on...

Mac Jones #10 of the New England Patriots reacts after officials overturned a spot to turn the ball over and end the game amia at Gillette Stadium on September 17, 2023, in Foxborough, Massachusetts. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)

The move could be beneficial to Jones in the sense that he is a Jacksonville native. However, he will have some competition in trying to make Jacksonville’s 53-man roster.

“Jones will vie with 30-year-old C.J. Beathard for the team’s backup spot,” the Associated Press reports. “Jones will count $4.96 million against the team’s salary cap in the final year of his rookie contract. Beathard is scheduled to count $2.4 million in the final year of his deal.

“The Jaguars are unlikely to keep both on their 53-man roster to start the season.”

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