Mac Jones regressed badly throughout the 2022-23 NFL season and the New England Patriots looked terrible as a result of it.
While the instability around the offensive coordinator position no doubt played a role in Jones’ woes, he also struggled to stay healthy and seemed to clash with the coaching staff repeatedly.
His never-ending cascade of dirty plays also didn’t endear him to anyone.
For large swaths of the season, Patriots head coach Bill Belichick seemed to have a fonder impression of backup Bailey Zappe, who stepped into Jones’ shoes quite well several times and whose girlfriend melted hearts all across New England.
Jones also didn’t seem too bothered by how the Patriots’ season floundered on his watch. He and his girlfriend have been partying and vacationing in the offseason with not a care in the world.
This week, Pro Football Talk insider Mike Florio reported that the relationship between Jones and Belichick appears headed in the wrong direction.
So much so, in fact, that a trade might on the horizon.
According to Florio, four teams have quietly emerged as potential suitors for Jones’ services.
“The teams mentioned as potential destinations were the [Las Vegas] Raiders, [Houston] Texans, [Tampa Bay] Buccaneers, and [Washington] Commanders,” he wrote.
Each of those squads has a long-term need for quarterback, so the interest makes sense.
The Raiders gave Jimmy Garoppolo a three-year, $73 million contract this season, but nobody is under any illusions about him. He is a game manager, not a franchise quarterback.
Houston has the No. 2 overall pick and may watch the Carolina Panthers scoop away their preferred young quarterback. If that happens, it wouldn’t be all that shocking to see them focus on drafting a receiver or edge rusher and then trying to acquire someone like Jones via the trade market.
The Bucs brought Baker Mayfield aboard this summer, but he has a very short leash. His wife has made a lot more headlines over the past year for her provocative party photos than he has for any sort of standout play.
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And the Commanders obviously need someone to helm the offense, after the failed Carson Wentz experiment from last year and the departure of Taylor Heinicke.
So will Jones be the answer for one of those teams? Time will tell, but if he is truly on the wrong side of Belichick, his days in New England are likely numbered.
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