Jay Glazer of FOX Sports reported on Sunday’s pregame show that the Cardinals are in discussions with OLB Chandler Jones regarding a blockbuster contract extension.
A few weeks ago, Cardinals GM Steve Keim confirmed that they have been in talks with the agent for Jones regarding an extension since training camp, per Darren Urban of AzCardinals.com. Although, Keim didn’t indicate that a deal was close to getting done but the two sides are at least talking.
Keim mentioned that he’s “proud” of the way Jones has played for them this season and he has provided them with “something we have not had here in years.”
Jones, 26, is a former first-round pick of the Cardinals back in 2012. He played out his four-year, $8.173 million contract before the Patriots picked up his fifth-year option back in April of last year.
The Patriots elected to trade Jones to the Cardinals during the offseason for G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick.
Jones stands to make a base salary of $7.79 million for the 2016 season before testing the open market as an unrestricted free agent next year.
In 2016, Jones has appeared in eight games and recorded 24 tackles, five sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pass defense for the Cardinals. Pro Football Focus has him rated as the No. 5 edge rusher out of 110 qualifying players.
We have him featured in our Top 30 – 2017 Free Agents list.