Arizona Cardinals pass rusher Chandler Jones reportedly requested the team to trade him earlier this year.
Last season was disappointing for multiple members of the Arizona Cardinals organization. But it was especially disappointing for Cardinals All-Pro pass rusher Chandler Jones.
Injuries limited Jones to just five games in 2020 and he ended the season with only one sack. For a guy who was coming of a 19-sack performance in 2019, no one was expecting the play of veteran pass rusher to decline as much as it did last year.
But Jones is still capable of bouncing back and finishing the upcoming season with double digit-sacks like he has in four of his five years with Arizona. However, he would apparently like to spend 2021 playing in a uniform that doesn’t have the Cardinals logo on it.
Chandler Jones reportedly asked the Arizona Cardinals to trade him earlier this year
During the last few months, there have been some rumblings about Jones possibly being unhappy with his current contract that is set to expire in 2022. But Arizona has done their best to downplay any rumored tension between them and their top pass rusher.
Well, apparently Jones’ unhappiness was enough to ask the Cardinals to send him to another team this year. According to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Sunday, the All-Pro pass rusher requested Arizona to trade him earlier this offseason.
Fowler also added that the Cardinals are not looking to deal Jones at this point in time and they expect him to report to the team’s training camp this week.
It sounds like Arizona probably told Jones that they’re not interested in giving him the lucrative, multi-year extension that he’s looking for. But with him being 31-years-old and coming off a season hampered by injuries, it’s hard to blame the Cardinals for not investing more money in Jones at this point in his career.
Whether he gets traded or not, it seems like Jones’ time with Arizona is not going to last much longer.