Cardinals GM Steve Keim mentioned that they have been in talks with the agent for OLB Chandler Jones regarding a contract 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 seven games and recorded 23 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. 3 edge rusher out of 103 qualifying players.
We’ll have more regarding a potential extension for Jones as the news is available.