December 5, 2023


“They only don’t have one other man proper now that they really feel they will flip to.”

Mac Jones and the Patriots could be headed to a sell-off on Tuesday. Barry Chin / The Boston Globe

With the Patriots at present planted within the cellar of the AFC with a 2-6 file, Invoice Belichick and Co. could be watching a sell-off forward of Tuesday’s NFL commerce deadline.

New England could not have the commerce chips in place to web a excessive draft choose, however gamers like Josh Uche, Ezekiel Elliott, and different pending free brokers could possibly be moved because the Patriots decide to look to the long run.

However might Mac Jones be part of New England’s sell-off forward of Tuesday’s 4 p.m. deadline?

ESPN’s NFL insider Adam Schefter was requested about such a situation throughout his weekly look on “The Pat McAfee Present” on Monday.

“Mac Jones is fascinating, however then that’s New England simply cashing out on its season. As a result of one of many causes the Patriots haven’t made a quarterback change is they only don’t have one other man proper now that they really feel they will flip to,” Schefter mentioned. “So, when you’re buying and selling away Mac Jones in a season that’s gone south anyway, OK, however that’s trying out at lower than the midway mark, which simply appears a little bit unusual to me after they like Mac Jones and so they don’t have one other man.”

Jones has been removed from stellar in his third season in Foxborough, throwing for 9 touchdowns and eight interceptions on the season. However with accidents hampering a number of QB1s throughout the NFL, Jones could possibly be a viable possibility for a crew that thinks he might execute with a stronger supporting solid round him.

The Vikings are probably on the prowl for a brand new sign caller after Kirk Cousins suffered a season-ending damage on Sunday — particularly with Jaren Corridor standing as the one different QB on the roster as of Monday evening.

However even when there’s a possible want there for Minnesota, Schefter doesn’t see a situation the place New England would decide to half methods with Jones.

“So, once more, let’s say in an ideal world Minnesota wished Mac Jones — and that is the primary I’ve heard of it,” Schefter mentioned. “What do the Vikings quit for him, and what are the Patriots keen to commerce him for? It’s simply, it’s onerous to provide you with that equation to make it work for either side — for any quarterback, Mac Jones or anyone.”

Even when Jones is probably not the long-term slot in New England, Belichick and his teaching employees could not wish to trudge via the ultimate 9 weeks of the 2023 season with a mix of Bailey Zappe, Will Grier, and Malik Cunningham underneath middle.

Throughout his newest interview on WEEI’s “Jones & Mego Present” on Monday, Jones was requested about his confidence degree so far as remaining in Foxborough previous Tuesday night. 

“Yeah, I’m not likely centered on the skin sources, noises, and that stuff,” Jones mentioned. “My greatest factor, as I simply talked about, is ‘Hey, what can I do that week to turn out to be higher? How can I enhance among the issues I didn’t do nicely the week earlier than, after which be in step with the issues I did nicely.”