5 Most Likely Mac Jones Destinations for 2024 After Patriots Benching

Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany;  New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before a
Nov 12, 2023; Frankfurt, Germany; New England Patriots quarterback Mac Jones (10) warms up before a / Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports
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1. Minnesota Vikings

Minnesota Vikings starting quarterback Kirk Cousins went down in Week 8 with a torn Achilles. Cousins' contract is up at the end of the year, and he will be 36 and coming off of a debilitating injury when next season begins. The Vikings would be foolish to place all of their eggs in one basket with Cousins.

Vikings legend Jared Allen doubts that Cousins will even return to Minnesota, given his age and contract situation. At the very least, Minnesota needs a viable backup option for the 2024 season. Although trade acquisition Joshua Dobbs has stopped the bleeding, he will also be a free agent at the season's end and his play hasn't solidified him as any sort of a long-term solution.

Vikings head coach Kevin O'Connell is another offensive-minded HC, he was drafted by the Patriots in 2008 and bounced around the league for five years as a depth quarterback. O'Connell pivoted to coaching and served as the offensive coordinator in Washington in 2019 and for the Los Angeles Rams from 2020-21, including their Super Bowl LVI victory.

In the first two seasons with O'Connell, Minnesota has not been shy to throw the ball. Last season, the Vikings ranked third in the NFL in passing attempts per game (39.6), this season they rank fourth (37.4).

Offensive weapons are also aplenty in Minnesota between the likes of Justin Jefferson, Jordan Addison, and T.J. Hockenson.

A chance to work with a former NFL quarterback-turned-head coach, be surrounded by premier pass-catchers, and sling the ball around around 40 times a game? This should be an attractive landing spot for Jones.

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