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Patriots trade Chandler Jones to Arizona for Cooper, pick

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Patriots trade Chandler Jones to Arizona for Cooper, pick
16-March-2016 08:24
The Arizona Cardinals have filled what they considered their biggestDerek Holland Jersey offseason need by acquiring Pro Bowl defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones from the New England Patriots.

The Cardinals sent guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick in this year's draft to the Patriots in a deal that was pending the two players passing physicals.

The 26-year-old Jones ranked fifth the NFL last season with a career-best 12 1/2 sacks. Cooper was Arizona's first-round pick, the seventh selection overall, in the 2013 draft.

He missed his rookie season with a broken leg and never reached the level of play the Cardinals had envisioned for him.

A first-round draft pick out of Syracuse - the 21st selection overall - Jones is one of three players who since have at least 200 tackles, 36 sacks and 10 forced fumbles. The other two are J.J. Watt and Ryan Kerrigan.

The move saves about $5.4 million in cap space for New England and could bolster an offensive line that was battered throughout last season. Two members of its rotation were on injured reserve before Week 6 in 2015, and only once during the regular season did the Patriots start the same offensive line in consecutive games.

It hit a crescendo in the Brett Cecil JerseyAFC championship game when Brady was sacked four times.

The trade gives New England consecutive picks late in the second round of the draft. The Patriots don't have a first-round pick.

Cardinals general manager Steve Keim had identified improving the pass rush off edge as his No. 1 priority for a team that expects to contend again for a Super Bowl berth.

He seems to have what he wanted.

Jones played in 55 games in four seasons for New England, 52 as a starter, with 36 sacks, 217 tackles, 10 forced fumbles and one interception. He played in nine postseason games with two sacks and 18 tackles.

''Want to thank the (at)Patriots, the Kraft family, and all of Pats Nation for making my time in New England so special,'' Jones said on his Twitter account Tuesday.
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