Jones has two years left on his deal and has become severely underpaid compared to the top of the pass-rushing marketplace. Despite having eight more sacks than anyone else in the past four years, Jones’ yearly average is now more than $10 million behind the highest-paid pass rushers.
The Cardinals were willing to sign WR DeAndre Hopkins to a massive extension despite three years still remaining on his deal and La Canfora says that has not gone unnoticed.
While Jones has not broached the subject with management yet and his agent declined to comment, Arizona has told players in the past they won’t re-do deals with multiple years left — a policy they clearly made an exception for with Hopkins and one Jones is arguably deserving of as well.
Jones, 30, is a former first-round pick of the Patriots 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 2015.
The Patriots elected to trade Jones to the Cardinals in 2016 for G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick. Arizona franchise-tagged Jones before signing him to a five-year, $82.5 million deal.
Jones is set to make base salaries of $16 million and $15.5 million over the next two years.
In 2020, Jones has appeared in one game for the Cardinals and recorded two tackles and one sack.
We’ll have more on Jones as the news is available.