Every NFL team has difficult roster decisions to make all year every year -- whom should they keep, whom they should cut, whom they should pay more, etc. The Arizona Cardinals are not immune. They have a number of decisions to work out. They are trying to strike a deal with Tyrann Mathieu to extend his contract. Calais Campbell and Michael Floyd are in the last year of their contracts. But is there a contract or player that looms larger than Chandler Jones?
ESPN's Field Yates believes it is the team's biggest upcoming roster decision.
The Cardinals struck a blockbuster trade with the Patriots in acquiring defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones to beef up a pass rush that lacked a proven young edge player. Jones enters the fifth year of his NFL career this season, which marks the conclusion of his rookie deal. This isn't news to Arizona, and while making the deal was the most important step, ensuring that Jones sticks around is pivotal, as well.
The team has said it would like to keep him long term, especially knowing it is very tough to acquire top pass rushers.
It is probably the biggest, most important decision because of his age and potential impact. He could be part of the team's core moving forward. The Cardinals do not have many players under contract for 2017. Larry Fitzgerald's future is unknown. Carson Palmer's age makes him a question mark, although his contract suggests he is expected back next year.
Of course, Arizona simply could use the franchise tag on Jones next year and buy them some time, or they could just use him those two years if they see younger players behind him develop into good players.
But is there a bigger upcoming decision to make? There might not be.