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Are the Patriots trading QB Mac Jones against Robert Kraft’s wishes?

Mac Jones attempts a pass for New England Patriots in 2021 game
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Robert Kraft is the owner of the New England Patriots, but something is happening against his wishes.

He has been consistent in his support of his quarterback, Mac Jones, but head coach Bill Belichick sees differently.

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Belichick has refused to commit to Jones as his quarterback and reports have surfaced on the Patriots shopping Jones to other teams as a trade option. As a University of Alabama standout, Jones got selected at No. 15 overall in the 2021 NFL Draft.

He carried the Crimson Tide to an undefeated College Football Playoff National Championship in 2020.

Jones set single-season school records for passing yards (4,500) and passing touchdowns (41), becoming a Heisman Trophy finalist and a Consensus All-American. He excelled as a rookie in 2021 with 3,810 passing yards and 22 touchdowns, but his struggles last season came because New England had a defensive mind — Matt Patricia — calling the offensive plays.

Belichick has never cared about offense, and it is why Tom Brady left him after a 20-year dynasty to win a Super Bowl for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a trade could still happen for Jones.

The Patriots had the Raiders, Texans, Buccaneers, and Commanders as potential options for Jones. Kraft lets Belichick run football things as the head coach and de facto general manager, but he may not be happy if the team parts ways from Jones. 

New England has not completely healed from Brady walking out the door. 

We will see what happens with Jones moving forward. 

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Stephen Smith is a 2015 graduate of the University of Alabama. He is a senior writer and reporter for Touchdown Alabama Magazine. He has covered Alabama football for 10+ years and his knowledge and coverage of the Crimson Tide's program have made him among the most respected journalist in his field. Smith has been featured on ESPN and several other marquee outlets as an analyst.

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