Report: Cardinals star pass rusher Chandler Jones requests trade

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Chandler Jones reportedly wants out of Arizona.

The Cardinals’ All-Pro pass rusher is dissatisfied with his contract and future with the team, and has requested a trade, ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler is reporting. Jones, 31, is entering the final season of the five-year, $82.5 million contract he signed with the Cardinals in 2017.

Jones was limited to five games in 2020 after suffering a torn bicep in Week 5. Before the 2020 season, Jones registered double-digit sacks in six of the previous seven seasons. That includes a 19-sack effort in 2019 that helped Jones earn the second All-Pro honors of his career. Jones is also a three-time Pro Bowl selection.

According to Fowler, the Cardinals do not want to move Jones, who is due $15.5 million this upcoming season.

CHARLOTTE, NORTH CAROLINA - OCTOBER 04: Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals gestures to the official after a false start by the Carolina Panthers during the first quarter of their game at Bank of America Stadium on October 04, 2020 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
Before missing most of the 2020 season with an injury, Chandler Jones registered double-digit sacks in six of the previous seven seasons. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)

If Jones reports for training camp this week, he could play out the final year of his deal — and do so opposite J.J. Watt — before entering free agency in the offseason.

Watt, the three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year, signed with the Cardinals in March after requesting his release from the Houston Texans. Watt played the first 10 seasons of his career with Houston.

The Cardinals went 8-8 in 2020.

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