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NFL insider says Lamar Jackson to New England Patriots ‘not going to happen’ in 2023

The New England Patriots have been linked as a potential suitor for quarterback Lamar Jackson, with outside voice pushing ownership to make a move. Despite Jackson’s interest in New England, it appears Mac Jones won’t face any threats to his starting job.

New England was fond of Jackson during the pre-draft process, but ultimately missed out on him when the Baltimore Ravens selected him with the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. Years later, Jackson wants out of Baltimore

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Jackson would seemingly fit well in the Patriots’ system. A run-first team could reshape its offense around the most athletic quarterback in the NFL and Jackson’s familiarity with making quick throws is also a nice fit.

He would also provide a spark for a franchise that needs it. The Patriots haven’t made the playoffs in two of the last three seasons, with their last postseason victory occurring in Super Bowl LIII. Despite the fit and growing support from the fan base, it appears no deal will happen.

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An NFL source told Jeff Howe of The Athletic that Jackson landing with the Patriots is “not going to happen.’ Whether it’s a trade or even submitting an offer sheet, New England isn’t expected to even attempt a pursuit at the former NFL MVP.

Patriots owner Robert Kraft made it clear to reporters that a decision on pursuing Jackson would be left up to Bill Belichick. With the future Hall of Famer serving as the coach and general manager, it’s evident he doesn’t want to pursue Jackson.

Instead, the Patriots will hope the changes they made to the offense are enough to help Jones turn things around in 2023. While he was never viewed as a starter with a high upside, the franchise believes he can be a stable force in the offense.

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The Patriots replaced offensive coordinator Matt Patricia with Bill O’Brien, adding a play-caller that Jones is familiar with. In addition, New England signed wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster and tight end Mike Gesicki in NFL free agency to replace Jakobi Meyers and Jonnu Smith.

With the Patriots, Indianapolis Colts and Atlanta Falcons all out on Jackson, the NFL star’s only options seem to be playing for the Ravens on the non-exclusive tag in 2023 or sitting out the season.

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