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New England Patriots Trade Target No. 2: Chandler Jones

Chandler Jones was always a solid player during his first four seasons with the New England Patriots, but he’s really developed into a monster during his time with Arizona Cardinals. Jones is looking for a new contract, but he missed 12 games last season, and Arizona doesn’t seem to want to pay him. Now Jones is set to hold out of camp, and Arizona may be forced to move their star pass rusher.

Jones final season with New England was in 2015 when recorded 12.5 sacks and earned his first Pro Bowl berth. But coach Bill Belichick didn’t want to have to pay Jones, and shipped him to Arizona before the final season of his rookie deal. Jones quickly established himself as one of the premier sack threats in the league, recording at least 11 sacks in his first four seasons with the Cardinals.

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The 2020 season didn’t live up to Jones or Arizona’s expectations. He only managed to play in five games, and wasn’t his usual self when he was on the field, recording only one sack on the season. Now Jones and the Cardinals front office find themselves at odds with each other as the regular seasons creeps near.

That’s where New England can swoop in. Depending on how the situation goes in Arizona, Jones may become a cheaper trade target if he attempts to force his way out via a trade. Even if he doesn’t, Jones value won’t be as high as it once was due to the fact that he’s 31, set to be a free agent, and trying to come back from a serious injury.

New England really revamped their front seven defensively this offseason, but you can never have too much pass rushing. Jones is already familiar with the system, and has a track record of being one of the best edge rushers in the game. The Pats should keep a close eye on the situation out west, as they might just be able snatch up one of the best defensive linemen in the game if things go their way.