Chandler Jones has been traded from the New England Patriots to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Cards-Pats blockbuster from @diannaESPN and me: Cards trade G Jonathan Cooper + 2nd-rd pick to NE for DE Chandler Jones, per sources.
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2016
This is a great trade on both ends. Arizona needed a pass-rusher that could help in matchups against dual-threat quarterbacks, namely Russell Wilson of the division rival Seattle Seahawks, and the Patriots needed interior line help as well as picks. Jones has 211 tackles and 10 forced fumbles to go with 36 sacks since being drafted 21st overall out of Syracuse in 2012, while Cooper has become a rising star among offensive linemen since being taken seventh overall out of North Carolina in 2013.
But the timing of this trade is also interesting, particularly on New England’s end. Keep in mind that not only is Jones entering his contract year, but he also made headlines during the playoffs last season after being hospitalized for what was later termed a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana. Thus, perhaps that made him fall out of favor with coach Bill Belichick.
Either way, it’s a fine trade for both teams and fills respective needs, and Chandler Jones could wind up being a star in Arizona as he plays for his next contract. Stay tuned to Campus Sports for further updates from around the NFL!