2. QB Mac Jones
After being the 15th overall pick in 2021, it might already be time for Mac Jones to leave New England.
After a dismal 2022 performance, Jones picked up right from where he left off one year later, unfortunately. The ex-Alabama gunslinger recorded 2,210 passing yards, 12 TDs to 10 interceptions, and a 77.0 passer rating across 11 starts this season and struggled to the point where he was replaced by backup QB Bailey Zappe in four games.
Even though Jones, 24, is theoretically young enough to get better, he likely won't get to try to prove that theory in New England. Jones was a Belichick pick, so chances are that Mayo would prefer to mold his own QB.
The Patriots enter the 2024 NFL Draft with the third overall pick in their possession, meaning they'll potentially have the opportunity to upgrade Jones with one of USC's Caleb Williams, UNC's Drake Maye, or LSU's Jayden Daniels. Drafting one of those signal-callers and pairing them with a veteran QB — someone like Joe Flacco — would be a serious upgrade over the Jones-Zappe tandem.
Additionally, the Patriots would save $2,785,412 in cap space whether they trade Jones before or after June 1.