Three reasons the Patriots shouldn’t trade Mac Jones
The untapped potential might still be there
Mac Jones’ rookie season was stellar and would have likely put him on pace to turn into a great passer in 2022, perhaps being able to throw 30 touchdown passes. I think most of us were excited to see how big of a jump Jones could have made, and maybe there’s some untapped potential that was supposed to come out in year two.
Perhaps Bill O’Brien can pick up where McDaniels left off? I don’t think that’s unreasonable to believe that Mac Jones can return to his normal self in 2023.
His trade value is likely low
Mac Jones was the 15th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft and it’s currently unknown how much the Pats would want for him in a trade. Well, his 2022 season has likely hurt his value quite a bit, so any return that the Pats could get for Jones would not have been nearly as much as if they wanted to trade him last offseason.
Or, furthermore, if Jones rebounded in 2023 and the Patriots for some reason wanted to trade him then, his value would be higher than what it is now.
My best guess is that the team could only get a mid-round pick in return or Mac Jones if they were to trade him this offseason, and that might not be enough for them to make a significant move like that, because it would leave the team without any sort of solution at quarterback.