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Patriots Ship Out Former Star QB Mac Jones To Jacksonville Jaguars For Next To Nothing, They REALLY Wanted Him Gone

The New England Patriots have cut ties with former first-round quarterback Mac Jones, sending him to the Jacksonville Jaguars for just a sixth-round pick, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Jones started his career in New England with a lot of expectations, but in 2023 he fell out of favor with Bill Belichick and his coaching staff. Relations have cooled so much that Belichick reportedly stopped speaking to Jones.

Jones' downfall culminated with the Pats benching Jones for fourth-round pick Bailey Zappe.

Even with the new regime in place after Belichick's departure, Jones' tenure with New England stinks so much that keeping him around is unjustifiable.

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ – NOVEMBER 26: New England Patriots No. 10 Mac Jones catches a pass during the second quarter of the game against the New York Giants at MetLife Stadium on November 26, 2023 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. try.Elsa/Getty Images

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 7: Mac Jones No. 10 of the New England Patriots watches during a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 7, 2024 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.Billy Weiss/Getty Images

FOXBORO, MA – JANUARY 7: New England Patriots No. 10 Mac Jones watches during a game against the New York Jets at Gillette Stadium on January 7, 2024 in Foxborough, Massachusetts.Billy Weiss/Getty Images

It's clear they wanted him to go, as a sixth-round pick on a player talented enough to earn a first-round pick would essentially be giving him away for free. (Related article: Hall of Famer says he made more money on one podcast episode than in one year in the NFL)

Jones will now have a chance to get a fresh start in Jacksonville, the town he grew up in, and back up Trevor Lawrence, Jones' first quarterback taken in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Despite the existing QB depth, this is a smart move for Jacksonville. CJ Beathard signed a two-year, $4.5 million contract in 2023 to back up Lawrence.

Lawrence has only missed one game in his NFL career. was sitting He sat out the Week 17 game with a sprained AC joint, but the 2021 overall selection was a wreck all last season with knee, ankle and head injuries.

NASHVILLE, TN - JANUARY 7: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass during the first half of the game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee on January 7, 2024.Justin Ford/Getty Images

NASHVILLE, TN – JANUARY 7: Trevor Lawrence #16 of the Jacksonville Jaguars throws a pass during the first half against the Tennessee Titans on January 7, 2024 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee.Justin Ford/Getty Images

Jones provides solid insurance in case Lawrence is unavailable and will likely push Bearhardt into the team's primary backup QB role. Jacksonville clearly still believes in Jones' talent, so this is a solid buy move.

For New England, this clearly represents a desire to acquire a quarterback in the upcoming draft. This will be his third selection overall, so one of the consensus top three QBs will be available. With USC stud Caleb Williams unlikely to be taken No. 1 overall, the Pats' signal caller will likely be either LSU's Jayden Daniels or UNC's Drake Maye, but Michigan's J.J. McCarthy may also be a candidate.

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