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    Chandler Jones traded by New England Patriots to Arizona Cardinals for Jonathan Cooper, draft pick

    The New England Patriots have traded Pro Bowl defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.

    The Cardinals announced the blockbuster deal Tuesday, saying it will be completed pending physicals for both Jones and Cooper.

    Jones recorded a career-high 12½ sacks last season and should bolster the Cardinals' pass rush; Arizona reached the NFC Championship Game despite ranking 20th in the NFL with 36 sacks.

    Jones was scheduled to earn $7.79 million as part of the fifth-year option on his rookie contract. He is one of several core defenders whose contracts were set to expire after the 2016 season, a group that includes linebackers Dont'a Hightower and Jamie Collins, defensive end Jabaal Sheard and cornerback Malcolm Butler.

    The Patriots also are without a first-round pick in this year's draft as a result of the NFL's Deflategate penalties, so acquiring an additional second-round pick, albeit one that is later in the round, helps partially offset that loss.

    Jones, 26, was hospitalized two months ago after showing up shirtless and disoriented at the Foxborough police station because of a bad reaction to a substance he put in his body. He later apologized, referring to the incident as "a pretty stupid mistake."

    While the Patriots lose a top pass-rusher in Jones, they are still deep at the position with Sheard, Rob Ninkovich and 2015 draft picks Geneo Grissom (third round) and Trey Flowers (fourth round). The Patriots also hosted veteran defensive end Chris Long on a free-agent visit Monday.

    A first-round draft selection in 2012, Jones had 36 sacks in 55 career games with the Patriots.

    Cooper was a first-round pick in 2013 and figures to improve a Patriots offensive line that struggled to protect quarterback Tom Brady in this year's AFC Championship Game loss to the eventual Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.

    With linebacker Dwight Freeney's return to the Cardinals next season still uncertain, Arizona needed to address its issues at pass rush sooner rather than later. Freeney, 36, had eight sacks in 11 games this past season.

    By moving Cooper, Arizona rids itself of a former seventh overall pick who had yet to fulfill expectations that accompany a top-10 pick. He's struggled to overcome the mental hurdles formed after breaking his leg in the third preseason game of his rookie season.

    Since then, Cooper hasn't been the same. He lost a starting job at left guard in 2014 and was moved to right guard in 2015 before eventually losing that starting job, too. The Cardinals were planning on trying Cooper at center once offseason practices began this year, making it his third position in as many years.

    Aside from the broken leg three years ago, minor injuries have also hindered Cooper throughout his career.

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    I'm surprised the NFL doesn't have more trades like this. Seems like a win-win for both teams.
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