The New England Patriots traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft on Tuesday, as first reported by ESPN’s Dianna Russini and Adam Schefter. The teams later announced the deal.
Shortly after the trade was initially reported, Jones introduced himself to his new team’s fans and expressed gratitude for his time in New England.
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Jones finished the 2015 season with 12.5 sacks, 31 tackles, four forced fumbles, and an interception. His contract is set to expire following the 2016 season. He is scheduled to earn $7.79 million in the fifth year of his rookie contract, which he signed after the Patriots selected him 21st overall in the 2012 NFL Draft.
Cooper has started 11 games and played in 24 games in his two NFL seasons. The Cardinals selected the 26-year-old guard seventh overall in the 2013 NFL Draft.
With the additon of Arizona’s 2016 draft pick, the Patriots now have two picks (60 and 61) at the back of the second round.
Bill Belichick’s first-round draft picks