Chandler Jones acknowledged his out-of-season trade inquiry while chatting with reporters on Wednesday (Twitter) link via Kent Somers of Arizona Republic). The Cardinal’s defensive end, however, says he keeps his mind off any contract issues and lets his agent handle cases.
Jones asked Arizona to deal with him sometime in July. As it turns out, the 31-year-old has a year and $ 15.5 million on his contract. He wants a new deal now — not in the spring — to cover the rest of his prime and maybe some post-prime seasons.
A short-term deal in the AAV neighborhood of $ 20 million could make sense for both sides. At the same time, he does not have much leverage after losing much of 2020 to a biceps injury. In his five games, he recorded eleven tackles, one sack and seven QB hits. At all, he did not look like his usual self, even though he was healthy.
The Cardinals’ previous refusal to trade Jones signals a desire to keep having the triple Pro Bowler. But if negotiations do not progress in the coming weeks, he could be a potential trade candidate before the deadline.
Jones, who settled his $ 82.5 million five-year deal, had an average of 15 sacks per year. Season during his first four years (2016-2019) in Arizona.
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