Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones made a statement by skipping mandatory minicamp last month and he has now requested a trade. Reports claim Jones is unhappy regarding his current contract as he is entering the final season of the five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed back in 2017.
A number of NFL teams could shore up their defensive line by acquiring the two-time All-Pro in a blockbuster deal. With that in mind, here are three of the most likely trade destinations for Jones.
Chandler Jones Trade
1. Las Vegas Raiders
One team that has constantly been attempting to upgrade its pass rush over the last few years is the Las Vegas Raiders. The team is still without a top-tier defensive lineman and could make a move for Jones to fill that role. The veteran pass rusher has recorded 61 sacks over the last five seasons, which ranks second behind only Aaron Donald. The only Raider to record more than 3.0 sacks in 2020 was Maxx Crosby (7.0). It is obvious they need help at the position and Jones is worth his expected price range of a second-round pick.
2. Buffalo Bills
The Buffalo Bills were able to reach the AFC Championship game in 2020 despite only racking up 38 sacks as a team during the season. Although the Bills did select defensive end Gregory Rousseau in the first round of the 2021 NFL Draft, that shouldn't take them out of consideration here. Jones would be a great mentor in the locker room and provide a boost at a position currently lacking depth in Buffalo. The front office has been adamant that they are ready to win now and making a move like this would prove the team is all-in on a title run.
3. Baltimore Ravens
Another contending team that may be looking to improve along the defensive line is the Baltimore Ravens. The Ravens also finished with 38 sacks during the 2020 season and took a defensive end in the first round of the 2021 Draft by the name of Jayson Oweh. However, Jones would fit in well with Baltimore's current defensive scheme. He consistently gets into opposing backfields and disrupts the offense's plans. Plus, the three-time Pro Bowler has posted at least 11.0 sacks in six of his nine NFL seasons. Jones may be the missing puzzle piece that defensive coordinator Don Martindale needs this season.
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