Chandler Jones thanked Bill Belichick for not trading him to a ‘crappy team’

Earlier this offseason, the New England Patriots made a pretty surprising trade when they sent defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.

It looks like the fifth-year player was pretty happy with the decision Bill Belichick made.

Jones was, at first, shocked by the fact that the Patriots had gotten rid of him, especially after he was coming off a Pro Bowl season in 2015. However, he realized that he had linked up with a pretty good team and he called his former head coach to thank him.

“I didn’t get a chance to speak to him (the day of the trade) – he was on a flight or something,” Jones told USA Today. “But I called him the next day and said, ‘Hey, you could’ve traded me to any other team, so thank you for not trading me to a crappy team.’ ”

The Cardinals are by no means a “crappy team” and likely won’t be this year. They have won at least 10 games the last three seasons and made the NFC Championship Game last year.

In four seasons, Jones has made a big impact for the Patriots. He has recorded 134 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles, so I think it is safe to say he will have a big impact for the Cardinals.

These two teams open the 2016 season against each other on Sept. 11.

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NFL preseason Week 1 TV schedule, viewing info: Thursday night, Aug.11
NFL preseason Week 1 TV schedule, viewing info: Thursday night, Aug.11