Mac Jones traded to Jacksonville Jaguars, New England Patriots, trade details, salary, contract, latest, updates

There won’t be a return of Mac Jones to the Patriots.

Jones was traded Sunday to the Jaguars for a sixth-round draft pick, according to multiple reports.

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The trade cannot become official until Wednesday’s start of the new league year.

It marks the end of a disappointing three-year run for Jones as the Patriots starting quarterback, following on the heels of Cam Newton and living in Tom Brady’s enormous shadow.

After he was the No. 15 overall pick — and fifth quarterback taken — in the 2021 draft, Jones went 18-24 with 46 touchdowns and 36 touchdowns, leading the Patriots to a playoff berth as a rookie before he was benched multiple times over the last two years for Bailey Zappe.

It is unlikely that Jones’ presence would have deterred the new-look Patriots from pursuing a new starting quarterback in free agency and/or the draft.

But now the job officially is open, which could impact the Patriots’ plans with the No. 3 pick and make it less likely that the Giants can trade up from No. 6 for Jayden Daniels, Drake Maye or J.J. McCarthy.

The Patriots have traded Mac Jones to an AFC rival. (Photo by Maddie Meyer / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP)Source: AFP

The trade also sets a price for the Jets as they try to trade fellow 2021 draft pick Zach Wilson, whose three-year tenure went even worse than Jones’.

In fact, five of Jones’ 18 wins came against the Jets.

Four teams were interested in trading for Jones, according to NFL Network. Will any of the others pivot to pursuing Wilson?

The Jets gave Wilson — the former No. 2 pick — and his agent permission to seek a trade.

Trey Lance — the No. 3 pick in that same draft class — was traded before last season from the 49ers to the Cowboys for a fourth-round pick.

The first quarterback taken in that now notorious first round was Jones’ new teammate, Pro Bowler Trevor Lawrence.

The Jaguars have veteran C.J. Beathard under contract for one more season, so it is possible that he and Jones will battle to be No. 2.

A once-promising 2023 season for the Jaguars went off rails when Lawrence injured his ankle and then his shoulder, leading to a 1-5 finish that resulted in missing the playoffs.

The Jaguars certainly will decline the $23.3 million fifth-year option for 2025 on Jones’ contract by the May deadline, making him a free agent next off-season.

Jones played high school football at The Bolles School in Jacksonville.

This story originally appeared on the New York Post and has been reposted with permission

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