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Report: Former Alabama QB Mac Jones returns to hometown to play for Jaguars in a trade

Patriots quarterback Mac Jones celebrates on the field
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Mac Jones is officially out of the New England Patriots franchise.

The former University of Alabama quarterback is returning to his hometown of Jacksonville, Fla.

RELATED: New England Patriots entertaining trade talks for QB Mac Jones

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, the Patriots have finalized a deal to trade Jones to the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The trade will not process until the National Football League’s new year begins Wednesday and Jones passes his physical.

Jacksonville would come off a sixth-round pick in getting Jones. He played for The Bolles School in Jacksonville and grew into a prostyle quarterback prospect. He came to the Crimson Tide as a three-star in the 2017 class. Jones watched Tua Tagovailoa come off the bench to deliver the Tide to a College Football Playoff National Championship in a 2018 matchup versus Georgia, but he led Alabama to an undefeated CFP National Championship season in 2020. Jones had 4,500 passing yards and 41 touchdowns, earning recognition as a Heisman finalist. The Patriots selected Jones at No. 15 in the 2021 NFL Draft, but things didn’t work out.

Jones not only returns home with the trade, but he becomes the backup to Trevor Lawrence.

Lawrence and Jones were in the same draft class and now they are teammates. 

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Stephen M. Smith is the senior writer for Touchdown Alabama Magazine.  You can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @CoachingMSmith.

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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