Just when it seemed we were getting a lull in free agency, the Patriots and Cardinals completed a trade sending Chandler Jones to Arizona for Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick.
On paper, the Cardinals are obviously getting the better player here and they also desperately needed a pass rusher. Jones has racked up 36 sacks in his first 55 games and is going to seriously improve an already great Arizona defense.
It’s a great trade for the Cardinals, even though they’ll have to pay Chandler a lot of money in 2017, but it’s also a decent move for the Patriots.
Like I said, Jones is going to get paid a lot of money next offseason and the Patriots probably don’t want to pay him. Also, Jones recently had an issue with synthetic marijuana, so there are some red flags there.
Regardless, the Patriots got a second round pick and a talented guard in Jonathan Cooper that could turn out to be a steal in this trade.
While Jones should make an immediate impact on the Cardinals, there should be quite a few pass rushers in the second round of the 2016 draft that the Patriots can snag to replace jones.