The New England Patriots have traded defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for offensive guard Jonathan Cooper, reports Larry Brown Sports.
The official Twitter account of the Patriots confirmed the news stating: “#Patriots acquire G Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round draft pick in trade with Arizona for DE Chandler Jones.”
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) March 15, 2016
Jones too confirmed the trade by tweeting out to the Cardinals fans who are known as the “Birdgang”. “#Birdgang what up??,” he tweeted.
The deal was made official on Tuesday afternoon, reports FOX Sports. According to the report, the Patriots will also receive a second-round draft pick.
The 26-year-old Jones had a career-high of 12.5 sacks last season. He also has a total of 36 sacks in 55 career games with the Patriots. Cooper on the other hand, has appeared in 24 games over the past two seasons and started in just 11. He was also the No. 7 overall pick of the Cardinals in 2013.
Jones who was set to become a free agent after the 2016 season was admitted to hospital in January. In an embarrassing off-field incident, Jones arrived at a police station shirtless and was “looking for help and assistance.”
Apologizing for his behavior, Jones said: “I want to start off by saying I made a pretty stupid mistake this weekend,” Jones said. “Right now, my main focus is becoming the best player I can be and helping the team. We’re focusing on Kansas City.”