Chandler Jones is expected to sign a long-term extension with the Arizona Cardinals.
According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, Jones and the Cardinals are finalizing a five-year contract extension. The terms of the deal have not yet been released, but Rapoport notes that it’s “going to be large.”
Sources: The #AZCardinals and franchised tagged pass-rusher Chandler Jones are finalizing a 5-year extension. Going to be large.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) March 8, 2017
The Cardinals traded for Jones, a former first-round pick of the New England Patriots (2012, 27th overall), before the 2016 season and franchised tagged him after he posted 11.0 sacks. With a career-high 12.5 sacks in his final season with the Patriots, Jones is one of just three players who have posted double-digit sacks each of the past two seasons — Oakland’s Khalil Mack and Denver’s Von Miller are the two others.
Good for Chandler, the Patriots weren’t going to back the Brinks truck up for him, so they got something for him while they could. Those draft picks the Patriots received ended up being Malcolm Mitchell and Joe Thuney. Mitchell has been solid for the Patriots in a limited role, but when he has been called upon, he has impressed. Getting over 400 yards and 4 touchdowns on this team with this receiving core as a rookie, is impressive. And of course Joe Thuney has been solid for the Patriots as well, so I would say the trade worked out just fine for New England based upon the fact that they would have lost Jones and got nothing had they kept him.
As for Chandler, more power to him, best of luck.