Cardinals saying Chandler Jones not available despite drawing much trade interest
With the trade deadline coming, NFL front offices are now actively shopping for trades that might help their respective teams in the second half of the season and, for some teams, the playoffs.
One of the players that drawing significant interest from other teams is Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones who is having another fantastic season. He is currently No.6 in the league in total sacks with 6.5 to go with three forced fumbles in 7 games.
However, the Cardinals are 1-6 and are nowhere near playoff contention especially with the Los Angeles Rams running away with the division. With this, the Cardinals continue to receive trade requests for Jones but it seems that the Cardinals have no intention of parting ways with him.
While Patrick Peterson gets the most attention publically, I’ve gotten the sense the player that’s drawn the most trade interest on the Cardinals roster has actually been Chandler Jones, who may be the third-best pass rusher in football right now behind only Khalil Mack and Von Miller. Also, Chandler’s contract is suddenly remarkably affordable—after Sunday, he’ll be due $6.6 million for the rest of the year, then a total of $48 million over the next three years (2019-21).
The Cardinals acquired Jones in 2016 for a second-round pick and guard Jonathan Cooper. Jones had 11 sacks that season and then signed a huge, 5-year, $82.5 million contract.
The next year, he had 17 sacks, which led the whole NFL, as well as also leading in tackles for loss and QB hits. Even if Khalil Mack is the bigger name, one can argue that Jones has been just as productive if not more.