With the NFL free agency period in full swing, there has been quite a few big moves made in terms of top tier players changing jerseys. Today though, the offseason has its first blockbuster trade as the New England Patriots trade defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
Finishing 5th in sacks last year with 12.5, Jones gives the Cardinals front line a much needed boost, as the team struggled in that area last year under head coach Bruce Arians. Cooper, who is a former first-round pick in 2013, has been plagued with injuries and unable to live up to his potential while in Arizona. The Patriots are surely banking on the fact that Cooper will be able to remain on the field and produce.
That may not be the only reason why New England is investing in a player that holds so much uncertainty. Jones is going into the final year of his contract and the likelihood of him testing out the free agent market was seemingly a major factor in the move. Now, the Cardinals are tasked with trying to lock in the all-pro to a long term deal.