Patriots deal Jones to Cardinals for Cooper, draft pick


The New England Patriots traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick in a blockbuster deal.

Jones had a stellar 2015 season, recording 12.5 sacks, 44 combined tackles and four forced fumbles.

A 2012 first-round pick, he has been a starter since his first season.

The Cardinals, who ranked 20th in the league with just 36 total sacks in 2016, are hopeful the 26-year-old Pro Bowler will be a huge asset for their defense.

Cooper, a first-round pick in 2013, was a part of a tough offensive line in Arizona.

Considering the Patriots had a hard time protecting Tom Brady in the AFC Championship against the Denver Broncos' top-ranked defense, he should strengthen New England's line.

The Patriots wasted no time finding another pass rusher to replace Jones, signing former St Louis Ram Chris Long.