Chandler Jones #55 of the Arizona Cardinals reacts against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at Nissan Stadium on September 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
(Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones confirmed to reporters Wednesday that he did request a trade during the offseason.
Meeting with the media for the first time this season, Jones confirmed he asked to be dealt in the offseason, which was first reported by Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.
“Yeah, I did ask for a trade,” Jones said Wednesday. “If Steve (Keim) wants to talk about that, he can speak about it, or my agent. But, that is true.”
Jones made a statement in the Cardinals’ 38-13 win in Week 1 over the Tennessee Titans.
A statement indeed, as Jones’ 5-sack performance tied the Cardinals’ single-game record. He was named the NFC’s Defensive Player of the Week for the fifth time in his career.
In the offseason, Fowler reported that Jones was allegedly unhappy with his current deal with the Cardinals. After suffering a bicep injury in 2020, the daunting pass-rusher only played in five games for the Cardinals.
Jones, 31, is set to be an unrestricted free agent after the 2021 season.
Arizona will look to continue its momentum from the strong start against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday at State Farm Stadium.
The first home game for the Cardinals of 2021 will take place at 1:05 p.m. and you can hear all the action on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station.