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Reports claim no teams called Patriots about trade for Mac Jones prior to deadline

Discussions surrounding the possibility of the Patriots trading Mac Jones before the deadline picked up this week after Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins suffered a season-ending Achilles injury during Sunday's game against the Packers.

Because many believe that Jones has been the leading reason why the team has lost several games this year, they were ready for Bill Belichick to move on from the third-year quarterback sooner rather than later, which made the news about Cousins feel like perfect timing.

But Minnesota inevitably did not trade for Jones, nor did they ever call New England to discuss a potential trade. In fact, according to The Athletic, the Patriots didn't receive any inquiries about Jones prior to Tuesday's deadline.

That may be surprising to some, given the few quarterback-needy teams around the league. However, it's not all that shocking considering his performance this season and the likely asking price the Patriots would hope in return.

And on top of that, they don't have a better option at quarterback than Jones right now, making them less eager to ship him off than if they had a competent player on the roster.