5 Arizona Cardinals players that will not be back in 2022

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Chandler Jones – LB

Whenever he decides to retire from the NFL, Chandler Jones’ time with the Cardinals will likely be remembered as the best portion of his career.

With 66 sacks in a red and white uniform, Jones is easily one of the best pass rushers to ever suit up for Arizona in the team’s history. If he finds himself in the Pro Football Hall of Fame one day, it will probably be with him representing the Cardinals.

Currently, Jones is in the last year of his contract with Arizona, and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he wound up signing with another team in 2022.

After Week 1 when he racked up an impressive five sacks against the Tennessee Titans, it seemed like Jones was on his way to putting together another impressive season. But in his five appearances since then, he hasn’t had a single sack.

Jones has a cap hit of just under $21 million this year and he is probably going to want a new contract that pays him a similar amount in 2022. He’s not going to get that from any team if his production remains the way it has during his last five games, but it’s hard to imagine Arizona agreeing to a new contract that pays him even $10 million next season.

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Jones has had a tremendous tenure in a Cardinals uniform, but his time with the franchise feels like it is coming to a close sooner than later.