Cardinals want to re-sign Chandler Jones
Since chandler jones asked for a trade before last season, little has emerged about his prospects of staying at Arizona on another new contract. He played his previous deal and is now a month away from testing the market for the first time.
Cardinals Owner Michael Bidwill said on Friday that he “would like” Jones to return. Of course, there are some complications. Jones’ age, the fact that he has already been tagged as a franchise, and the potential willingness of other teams to outbid Arizona may affect Jones’ status with the team.
“I can tell you we love Chandler and would love to see him again“, said Bidwill during an appearance on Bickley and Marotta of Arizona Sports (via ArizonaSports.com). “The devil is in the details. I’ll leave it until [GM] Steve [Keim] and Chandler reps to work on. But we love Chandler and what he has done for us in the past and hopefully in the future too.”
Jones didn’t appear to take Bidwill’s comments at face value, sparking laughing emojis on Twitter A little after. Bad blood has been in the mix here for a while. The Cardinals refused to adjust Jones’ deal last year, and the talented outside linebacker skipped minicamp and demanded a trade in response. Jones was back with the team for the regular season and forced six fumbles, the second he had in a season, en route to his fourth Pro Bowl.
The Cards tagged Jones in 2017, and the NFL’s tagging formula would make re-tagging Jones a tough proposition for the team. Because Jones’ cap number was $20.2 million last season, his tag figure would be 120% of that – as opposed to the standard linebacker tag, which is expected to be around $18 million. dollars – and would cost the cards nearly $25 million. That puts the Cardinals in front of a tough decision, given Jones’ impact.
Acquired from the Patriots via trade in 2016, Jones thrived in the wilderness. Jones has three double-digit sack seasons, including a 10.5 sack roster in 2021, and two All-Pro nods as a Cardinal. The Cards’ hopes of a Jones-JJ Watt the tandem fell apart, after another major injury sidelined Watt for much of the season, but Watt remains under contract for next season. Jones turns 31 this weekend and has missed much of the 2020 season with a bicep injury, further complicating matters for the Cards, who also Zach Ertz, Christian Kirk, James Conner and Chase Edmonds put into free agency.
Arizona losing Jones would be a blow. The cards leave Haason Reddick walk after his breakthrough contract year and, despite his talent, cannot rely on Watt. The team’s other starting outside linebacker, Marcus Goldenis under contract for one more season.