Star pass rusher Chandler Jones has reportedly requested a trade from the Arizona Cardinals and skipped out on mandatory minicamp last month in hopes of securing a new deal. Many wondered if Jones would hold out as training camp kicked off this week, but he has indeed reported to the facilities. Per Paul Calvisi of Arizona Sports 98.7 FM, Cardinals head coach Kliff Kingsbury said on Tuesday that he had a "good" conversation with Jones, who "looks in great shape and great spirits."
On Sunday, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reported that Jones has been unhappy with his contract and "future with the team." If he had skipped out on training camp, he would be subject to fines of $50,000 per day. The 31-year-old is entering the final season of the five-year, $82.5 million deal he signed with the Cardinals in 2017, and is underpaid considering his recent production. Jones has recorded more sacks than any other player since entering the NFL with 97, but his AAV of $16.5 million is tied for 14th among active pass rushers, per Spotrac.
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CBS NFL Insider Jason La Canfora has been writing about Jones' discontent for much of the offseason, as he's clearly not excited to play out an expiring contract with zero guarantees or protections. Jones' former teammate Patrick Peterson said this week that he doesn't think Jones will be traded, but would welcome him joining his new team in Minnesota. Peterson added that he's not surprised the Cardinals haven't taken care of one of their best players -- attributing it to the side of the ball he plays on. The Cardinals don't want to trade Jones, but maybe a team makes a tempting offer. Stay tuned, because this should be an interesting story to watch unfold.