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Patriot trade Chandler Jones to Cardinals

Chandler Jones led the Patriots in sacks last year but was traded away for a guard who was benched last year.

Chandler Jones led the Patriots in sacks last year but was traded away for a guard who was benched last year.

Who are any of us to criticize any roster decision Bill Belichick makes? This is a guy who routinely makes moves that make people scratch their heads but they has the last laugh when players you’d never guess into stars. But man it is hard to see what the linking is when the Patriots trade their star defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for their offensive guard Jonathan Cooper and a second round draft pick.

It wasn’t long ago when the Patriots invested a first round pick in Jones and he quickly turned into one of the league’s most dynamic pass rushers and already has 36 sacks through his first four seasons. At 26-years-old he is in his prime and is a difference maker. For the Cardinals, it is a home run trade as they bolster one of their few weak areas from last season. But for the Patriots, a team that did have one of the best pass rushes in the league – though it all started with Jones – they lose another star on their defense this offseason as Jerod Mayo surprisingly retired after only eight seasons.

While the team perhaps felt that they needed to improve an offensive line that gave up the 14th most sacks in the league, Cooper is not exactly the guy to sure it up with. Cooper was the seventh overall pick in 2007, but he lost his starting job with the Cardinals last season, and battled injuries in his career as well. Cooper has athleticism for an offensive lineman, but is not physical and often finds himself on the ground.

Unless this has to do with his contract being in the last year — as well as many other young Patriot defensive players — it’s hard to really understand this trade from the Patriots point of view, but again, who are we to judge what Belichick does because he always seems to make these type of moves that everybody questions and ends up proving just how smart he is later.

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