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Chandler Jones wasn’t surprised the Patriots traded him

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones, who was acquired in a trade with the New England Patriots, speaks during a news conference Wednesday, March 16, 2016, in Tempe, Ariz. David Kadlubowski/AP

Many Patriots fans were caught off guard back in March when the team traded pro bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to the Cardinals for Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-rounder. Even Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians was “shocked” that the Patriots initiated the deal.

Jones, on the other hand, wasn’t blindsided in the slightest.

“There were a lot of rumors out,” Jones said in an interview on Sirius XM NFL radio Thursday morning via WEEI. “I try to stay away from the media, but I heard rumors. Like I said, it wasn’t as shocking when I found out I was traded, but there were definitely rumors.”

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Jones will get his chance to take revenge against his former team right away as the Patriots and Cardinals go head-to-head Week 1 on Sept. 11 at the University of Phoenix Stadium.

“When I first found that out, that they were going to be on our schedule, I said that I was going to circle that game red, with a red marker,” Jones said. “It’s Week 1, so that’s even better. The NFL already contacted me and told me I’ll probably be mic’d up for that game, so that’ll be a fun game to listen to.”

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