On Tuesday, the Patriots and Cardinals pulled off a surprising, blockbuster trade as New England sent prized pass rusher Chandler Jones to Arizona. In return, the Patriots receive a 2nd round pick in this year’s draft (61st overall), along with 2013 1st round pick, Jonathan Cooper.
The Patriots look to bolster their offensive line after an abundance of combinations failed to work this past season. Protecting Tom Brady is the priority for that team, especially at this point in his career. The 7th overall pick from 2013, Jonathan Cooper, didn’t workout in Arizona and failed to fulfill high expectations. Perhaps a change of scenery is just what he needs as he still has some untapped potential that Bill Belichick hopes to unveil.
As for the 2nd round pick acquired by New England, this gives them more flexibility in the draft as they were without their 1st round pick after “Deflategate”. With picks 60 & 61, I very well could see the Pats packaging those picks to move up for one of the premier interior linemen in the draft – you know they love to cycle young talent, especially on the defensive line.
From Arizona’s perspective, I really like this trade. They acquire a guy in Chandler Jones who is coming off career highs in sacks (12.5) and forced fumbles (4). He adds a much needed difference maker up front for the Cardinals – a team in win now mode. With Carson Palmer almost out of his prime, it makes sense for Arizona to go all-in at this moment. Jones is versatile and fits well in Bruce Arians’ defensive scheme – he will likely play with his hand in the dirt on the line, but he can rush the passer standing up as well, though he will likely be a liability in coverage.
With one year left on his contract, Jones is expected to test the free agent market next offseason.