“It Is the Last Year of My Contract…”- Chandler Jones Provides an Update on His Future at Arizona Cardinals

Published 09/19/2021, 7:30 AM EDT
Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) celebrates the sack of Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the first half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports


Arizona Cardinals’ Chandler Jones had a stellar 2019 season. In that season, he tallied 19 sacks and an NFL-high eight forced fumbles. In that season, the pass rusher was named All-Pro. At that point, Arizona Cardinals’ five-year, $82.5 million contract looked worth the money.

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Cut to the next season, the 31-year-old had a season to forget. Thanks to a bicep injury, Chandler Jones was sidelined early in the season. Due to this, he missed 11 matches which ruined his entire season. Though he has started this season with a bang, the Cardinals have not extended the 31-year-old’s contract [who will become a free agent next year].

Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) is sacked by Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) during the third quarter at Nissan Stadium Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021 in Nashville, Tenn. Mandatory Credit: Mandatory Credit: Andrew Nelles-USA TODAY Sports

“Letting my agent take care of it”- Chandler Jones opens up on his contract extension status

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Speaking on his team’s website, the soon-to-be free agent shed light on his contract extension status.“I think I play best when I don’t go in thinking about the deal,” Jones said. “… I’m just playing football, honestly.”

He further revealed that he has asked his agent to take care of his contract. He only wants to focus on his football. “I’m letting my agent take care of all of that. It is the last year of my contract and I let that take care of itself.”

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“I know he wants more money”- Cardinals coach Kliff Kingsbury speaks on Jones’ contract situation.

Arizona Coach Kliff Kingsbury heaped praise on Chandler Jones and the way he’s handling his contract extension. “You saw what type of talent he is. He knows what he is. I know he wants more money, and he’s probably deserving of it. It’s part of the business. But the way he’s handling himself and the way he’s treating his teammates and coaches, it’s phenomenal.”

Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim also echoed similar sentiments but also emphasized future planning during an appearance on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM’s “Burns & Gambo” show, via the team’s website. “We’re not in the business of moving on and getting rid of good football players. You always want to get good players under contract, but there are always a million different moving parts,” he added. “I have to continue to look at the roster moving forward, generally from a three-year standpoint.”

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Sep 12, 2021; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones (55) sacks Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Tannehill (17) during the second half at Nissan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
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Suresh Menon

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Suresh Menon is a Football and NFL writer at Essentially Sports. He is currently pursuing BMM from St Xaviers College with his specialization in Advertising. Juventus is his favorite football club and he one day plans to go to Italy and watch a Juve match live.

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