All-Pro defensive lineman Chandler Jones asked the Arizona Cardinals to be traded during the offseason, sources told ESPN.
Jones has been upset with his contract and has been absent from pre-season jobs as a result.
The Cardinals don’t want to trade Jones and expect him to report to training camp, which begins Tuesday.
Jones, 31, plans to have a big one after bicep surgery, and the Cardinals think he’s excited to play alongside his newest acquisition, JJ Watt, despite his contract discomfort.
A source indicated that Jones is considered a “great guy” in the organization and a key player in the Cardinals’ defense in 2021. The team generally does not publicly discuss the contract details of its players.
Jones might play this year in Arizona and become a free agent in 2022, but that wouldn’t assuage his anger.
Jones, who is scheduled to make $ 15.5 million in the final year of his deal, emerged as one of the best defensive linemen to pressure the NFL quarterback, recording 49 sacks from 2017 to 2019. The bicep injury limited him to just five. games last year.
The Cardinals have given significant sums of money to other players, including a $ 28 million deal to Watt in recent months. Additionally, Arizona agreed to contract extensions in 2020 for DeAndre Hopkins, making the receiver the highest paid in his position despite having several years remaining on his original deal, and safety Budda Baker, who landed one of the longest contract extensions. rich for their position.
The Cardinals acquired Jones via a trade with the New England Patriots in 2016.