Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher Chandler Jones made a statement by skipping out on mandatory minicamp last month, and it appears he wants more than just a new contract. On Sunday, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler reported that Jones requested a trade from the Cardinals this offseason. Fowler says that Jones has been unhappy with his contract and “future with the team” — something CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been writing about for much of the offseason.
Jones, who turned 31 in February, is entering the final season of the five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed with the Cardinals in 2017. While he played in just five games because of injury in 2020, he has been one of the NFL‘s most elite sack artists since being traded from the New England Patriots. Jones has recorded 61 quarterback takedowns over the past five seasons, which is second only behind three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald. From 2016-19, Jones has recorded 60 sacks — eight more than any other player. As La Canfora has noted, Jones is vastly underpaid. Even though he has been one of the best pass-rushers in the NFL, his AAV of $16.5 million is tied for 14th among active pass-rushers, per Spotrac.
Jones was originally selected with the No. 21 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft out of Syracuse. He is a three-time Pro Bowler, a two-time First Team All-Pro and won Super Bowl XLIX during his time with the Patriots. Fowler reports that the Cardinals don’t want to trade Jones and expect him to report to camp this week.