The Patriots are giving up Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to get some help for their offensive line.
According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media, the Patriots are sending Jones to the Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
Jones earned a Pro Bowl berth in 2015 with a career-high 12.5 sacks and four forced fumbles. He was a first-round draft pick in 2012.
Cooper was a first-round pick in 2013 but missed his rookie season with a leg injury. He started just two games in an injury-riddled 2014 season and started the first nine games of the 2015 season before going down with a knee injury.
The Patriots are apparently taking a flier on Cooper hoping that he can find a way to stay healthy. Tom Brady was sacked 38 times in 2015. Only in 2001 and 2013 was he sacked more. The second-round pick in the 2016 draft could be the best part of the deal for the Patriots since they are without a first-round pick as part of their Deflategate penalty.
The Cardinals, meanwhile, could use some pass-rushing help. They were 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks in 2015.
#Cardinals had Top 5 defense last year but were 21st in sacks. Chandler Jones has 30 sacks over the last 3 seasons. Expect him to play OLB.
— Evan Silva (@evansilva) March 15, 2016