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Cardinals’ shocking lowball offer to Chandler Jones, revealed

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Arizona Cardinals star pass rusher Chandler Jones has wanted a new contract for a while, but the Cardinals haven’t been too accommodating in negotiations. There hasn’t been communication in a while between the two parties because of the Cardinals’ lowballing.

Via CBS Sports’ Jason La Canfora:

The Arizona Cardinals have yet to offer anything beyond a one-year contract extension to star pass rusher Chandler Jones, according to his agent, Ethan Lock, and even that included a salary decrease from his already below-market 2021 compensation, leaving the sides far apart and lacking any recent communication on a new deal for the pending free agent.

Jones is making $15.5 million in 2021, and Arizona reportedly made an offer to him right before training camp worth $14 million in base salary for 2022 ($4.5 million guaranteed at time of signing) and $1.5 million in incentives. He would hit that incentive mark by getting 15 sacks this season. He racked up five sacks in Week 1.

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The Cardinals star got so upset with his contract situation that he asked for a trade in the offseason. Jones’ agent, Ethan Lock, has been trying to get a new deal done since after the 2019 season, but he claims he has been consistently stonewalled by Cardinals general manager Steve Keim. A “contentious” phone call this past offseason helped lead to the trade request, though Arizona made little effort to move him.

Jones racked up 19 sacks and eight forced fumbles in 2019. The star pass rusher struggled with injuries last season, but before that he was consistently a force with Arizona. He also has a 17-sack season in 2017 and two other double-digit-sack seasons on his resume.

While the 31-year-old has been dominant with the Cardinals, signs are pointing toward him hitting free agency after this season. Though if he keeps crushing it like he did in Week 1, one would think Arizona would come to the table with a better offer.