The New England Patriots have traded Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick. The Cardinals announced the blockbuster deal on Tuesday, saying it will be completed after physicals for both Jones and Cooper are conducted.
Jones, 26, was a first-round pick by the Patriots in 2012 and has been a starter ever since. He played in 15 games with them last season, compiling 44 combined tackles, 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. With a career-high 12? sacks recorded last season and also the fact he managed an interception and defended two passes, Jones would bolster the Cardinals’ pass rush.
In two separate tweets Tuesday, Jones said he looked forward to joining the Cardinals and thanked the Patriots and their fans.
?I want to thank the @Patriots, the Kraft family, and all of Pats Nation for making my time in New England so special,? he wrote.
?Arizona, here I come. #birdgang #BeRedSeeRed #AzCardinals?
Jones seems to be pretty much excited to leave the Patriots and it seems he would like to move on from the controversial incident when he was hospitalized due to bad reaction from synthetic marijuana.
Jones was hospitalized after showing up at the Norwood, Massachusetts police department in a disoriented but cooperative state back in January, six days prior to the Patriots match against Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC Divisional Playoffs. According to the reports, he had experienced a bad reaction to synthetic marijuana, a legal drug under Massachusetts law.
Jones, however, did play in the following Divisional Playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs but his performance suffered considerably.
Later for the AFC Championship game against the Denver Broncos, he was listed as “Inactive” and The Patriots ultimately lost to the soon to be Super Bowl 50 Champion Denver Broncos.
Jones had admitted to the media back then that “he made a pretty stupid mistake” describing the marijuana incident and finally he gets a chance to move forward and leave this history behind.
On the other hand, Jonathan Cooper has played in 14 games and started nine with the Cardinals last season but missed a couple games due to injuries. Despite being the seventh overall pick out of North Carolina in the 2013, his performance has been poor so far, as he continues to battle the mental hurdles since his leg got broken three years ago.
He is expected to improve a Patriots offensive line that struggled to protect quarterback Tom Brady in this year’s AFC Championship Game loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.