Cardinals’ Chandler Jones is unhappy and wants a trade
The Arizona Cardinals made quite some noise last season, with Kyler Murray coming into his own, but not everyone is a happy camper over that side. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones has expressed his desire to be traded, particularly because of his issues with his contract.
All-Pro pass rusher Chandler Jones requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals this offseason, per sources. Jones has been unhappy with his contract and future with the team. Cardinals don’t want to trade him and expect him to report to camp. But certainly a situation to watch.
Jones’ unhappiness with the Cardinals isn’t something new. He showed that when he decided not to attend Arizona’s OTAs and minicamp back in June.
The 31-year-old Jones has one more year left on his current contract, which would have his bank account filled with $15.5 million in the 2021 NFL season. It’s possible that the Syracuse product is looking for a restructured contract or an extension, though the fact that he played just five games and recorded just a sack in 2020 because of a bicep injury wouldn’t boost his leverage all that much on the negotiation table.
Jones, due $15.5M in final year of deal, is planning a big year coming off bicep surgery. Two-time All Pro averaged 16.3 sacks over last three healthy seasons. Team believes he's excited to play with J.J. Watt despite past unhappiness. So, could play '21 in A-Z, then hit FA.
— Jeremy Fowler (@JFowlerESPN) July 25, 2021
Assuming he’s healthy for the 2021 NFL season, there would be a ton of promise for the Cardinals to have Jones back. For one, he will be seeking quarterbacks together with shiny offseason acquisition JJ Watt, who should bolster Arizona’s defense that was fifth last season in defensive sack percentage.