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Honor his wish, Cards, trade Chandler Jones

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Chandler Jones’ contract situation has been the elephant in the room all off-season. He opted out of mandatory mini-camp, as a result.

Plus, if the Cardinals trade Chandler Jones they can add his unguaranteed $15.5M to the free agent kitty and there are still some very good UFAs available such as DT Geno Atkins , LB K.J. Wright, TE Trey Burton, and possibly even G David DeCastro.

Moreover, Vance Joseph and the Cardinals did well with the pass rush without Chandler Jones the last 11 games of the season, finishing 4th in the NFL in sacks per game. Reddick’s gone, but Cards signed J.J. Watt and they re-signed Markus Golden, Dennis Gardeck and Kylie Fitts plus drafted Duke’s Victor Dimukeje, while retaining Devon Kennard.