Report: Patriots trade Chandler Jones to Cardinals

FOXBORO, Mass. (WPRI) — The New England Patriots have traded Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals, ESPN’s Adam Schefter and Dianna Russini announced Tuesday.

In return, the Patriots received G Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick, according to the report.

Jones, 26, is heading into the final year of his contract and will be a free agent after the 2016 season. The former first-round draft pick recorded 36 sacks in 55 games with the Patriots.

Cooper, a first-round pick for Arizona in 2014, adds depth to a New England offensive line that was thinned out by injuries last season.

The move also replenishes a higher-end draft pick for the Patriots after the team lost this year’s first-round pick as a result of the Deflategate controversy.

Jones last made headlines in mid-January when he showed up shirtless at Foxboro police headquarters, seeking medical attention. He called the incident a “pretty stupid mistake” and town officials said there was no criminal activity involved.

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