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Mac Jones Trade Odds: Where Will Patriots QB Play In 2023?

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Mac Jones Trade Odds: Where Will Patriots QB Play In 2023?

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New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick tried to deal QB Mac Jones this offseason. Or so says self-anointed NFL insider Mike Florio. According to a report on Pro Football Talk citing a source with knowledge of the situation, Belichick has offered Jones to multiple teams since the end of the 2022-23 season. 

Belichick has been irked by Jones after he sought help away from the team last season. Jones was put in a no-win situation of sorts given that the team did not have an official offensive coordinator. The play-calling duties were passed around like a marijuana cigarette at senior prom. 

Chris Simms, a noted Patriot-phobe, said on PFT Live Monday that the second-year Patriots QB contacted the Alabama coaching staff last season to get information on how to learn in the Patriots offensive scheme under Matt Patricia. 

That really pissed Bill off,” Tom Curran of NBC Sports Boston said Monday on WEEI.

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Jones faltered in 2022. He completed 288 passes for 2,997 yards, 14 TDs and 11 interceptions. That was a marked decline from his rookie year, when he totaled 3,801 yards, 22 TDs and 13 interceptions.  

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So who will be the starting quarterback for the Patriots in Week 1? Will it be Jones? Or someone else?

Belichick-ologists know that the coach does not play favorites. His tendency is to go with whomever is playing the best ball, be it in camp or during the season. Belichick briefly sat Jones in favor of Bailey Zappe in 2022. 

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The Patriots finished 8-9 last year, their first season under .500 since before Tom Brady started his first game with the team in 2001. So it's not surprising that everything is on the table. Where does that leave Jones in 2023? Florio reported that the Patriots spoke to the Buccaneers, Raiders, Texans and Commanders about Jones at various points this offseason. 

The Buccaneers have settled on Baker Mayfield. So they're out. And the Texans are likely picking a QB at No. 2 overall in the draft. The Raiders have Jimmy Garoppolo.

Team For 2023 SeasonOddsProbability
New England Patriots-30075%
Las Vegas Raiders+10009.1%
Indianapolis Colts+20004.7%
Carolina Panthers+20004.7%
Washington Commanders+25003.8%
The Field+10009%

These NFL futures odds are for entertainment purposes only and have been created by our Bookies.com handicapper. They do not reflect actual odds that may be available on betting apps. The probability figures are based on each wager, so they will not necessarily add up to 100%.

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Jones A Valuable Commodity Under Rookie Contract

Jones could be a valuable commodity in the trade market. Starting next season, Jones will have two years left on his rookie contract, plus that fifth option year. His cap hit is just $4.25 million in 2023 and $4.99 million in 2024. He’s played for, and presumably learned from, Josh McDaniels and Belichick. And he would be a prized acquisition for any team that needs help at the QB spot. 

Jones went 15th overall in the 2021 draft and would likely require at least a second-rounder in return, or multiple seconds/thirds. 

All the teams on our list have first-round picks available to deal for 2023 or ’24. And they could also put together a package that would include multiple second or third rounders, as well. Dealing one or more of those picks for a QB with real-world NFL experience who could still have upside makes plenty of sense. 

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The Raiders signed Garoppolo but his contract does not financially preclude McDaniels from picking up another former Patriots passer. The Panthers used three different QBs last season. Right now, they have just two in Andy Dalton and Matt Corral. But they are picking No. 1 overall in the draft after trading with the Chicago Bears.

The Colts have Nick Foles, Gardner Minshew and Sam Ehlinger on the roster but new head coach Shane Steichen could lobby for a new QB. They hold the fourth overall pick in the draft. 

The Commanders are - for now - sticking with Sam Howell and Jacoby Brissett. 

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Bill Speros is an award-winning journalist and editor whose career includes stops at USA Today Sports Network / Golfweek, Cox Media, ESPN, Orlando Sentinel and Denver Post.