Three bold offseason moves the Arizona Cardinals must make
Trade Chandler Jones
Jones is entering his 10th season and is coming off a season-ending biceps tear. Also, he’s just a year removed from a 19-sack outing. He’s aging in NFL years, but considering his recent production, he still holds a lot of trade value. Especially if the Cardinals trade him to a contender or a near-contender.
The Cardinals showed in 2020 that their pass rush is absolutely fine without Jones. Something none of us in the Red Sea saw coming. Sure, to trade Jones it would mean striking a deal with Markus Golden and Haason Reddick.
The team would also be wise to hold onto Dennis Gardeck and to add another pass rusher via free agency or the draft. Also, adding a free agent or drafting a pass rusher would come at a cheaper cost than it would to keep Jones for.
And with the salary cap situation up in the air for 2021, it’s necessary to trade Jones away before he loses his trade value. Something you see often in aging players. But since Jones probably has a few good years left in him, the Cardinals can stockpile a decent player or a few solid draft picks in return.