Cardinals Receive Chandler Jones from Patriots
The Arizona Cardinals will receive Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots in exchange for Jonathan Cooper. New England will also receive Arizona’s 2nd-round pick in the upcoming 2016 draft.
Jones, 26, was a force on the Patriots’ defensive line for the last four years, totaling 36 sacks. Jones is fresh off his career-best season, in which he recorded 12.5 sacks and was named to the 2015 Pro Bowl.
Jones adds a disruptive force to Arizona’s stout defense which lacked consistent quarterback pressure. The Cardinals ranked 20th in sacks last year with 36.
Cooper, 26, has shown flashes of potential as a starting offensive lineman in his first two seasons, but injuries have plagued his career thus far.
Cooper broke his left fibula during the preseason of his rookie year, sidelining him for the season. Since then, the former Tar Heel has only started in 11 games for the Cardinals.
The Patriots played with an NFL-high 39 offensive line combinations last year, according to ESPN. New England is hoping Cooper can stay healthy and bring that number down.
Jones is currently signed to a one-year deal worth just shy of $8 million. Cooper, on the last year of his rookie contract, brings a $2.4 million cap hit to the Patriots.