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Patriots have fairly quick decision to make on Jonathan Cooper

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The Patriots usually trade for players in the final year of their contracts. This time, they shipped out a player starting the final year of his rookie deal. And they got one who could be entering the final year of his, depending on what the Patriots do next.

PFT has confirmed that the Patriots have sent 2012 first-round defensive end Chandler Jones to Arizona for 2013 first-round guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round pick.

For Jones, he has a rookie deal that shoots from $1.5 million to $7.799 million in the option year, which the Patriots exercised in 2015. The Cardinals will have a year to decide whether to extend the deal or let Jones hit the market next March.

The Patriots have a decision to make even more quickly on Cooper. By May 3, they must exercise (or not) Cooper’s 2017 option. Because Cooper was picked in the top 10 of the 2013 draft, his option salary for 2017 matches the transition tender for offensive linemen in 2016. The magic number is a whopping $11.902 million.

Per multiple sources, Cooper did not adjust his contract in connection with the trade. It means that the Patriots will have to decide based on limited information whether to pick up an option that, if exercised, will give Cooper an injury-only guaranteed of $11.902 million for 2017.

Either way, Cooper has a base salary of $675,000 for 2016. If the option isn’t exercised, it will be Cooper’s contract year.

The former North Carolina standout missed all of his rookie year with a broken leg. In 2014, he appeared in 10 games with two starts. Last season, Cooper appeared in 14 regular-season games, starting nine. He also played in both postseason contests.

The Cardinals were in the process of moving him to center. Instead, he’s been shipped out the door.

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85 Responses to “Patriots have fairly quick decision to make on Jonathan Cooper”
  1. kurdishpats1 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM

    Hence, 4 Rings.

  2. willjasper says: Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM

    Patriots won’t exercise the option. They get Cooper for a year, and more importantly, a second-round pick.

  3. patriottony says: Mar 15, 2016 3:44 PM

    The PATS will let him “EARN IT” and if he shows promise work out something during the season…they will NOT by any means pay him 11 million with his record.. this trade was about getting good return for jones..in this case a 2nd rd pick..in a draft that is verrrrrry deep on Defense..pats will take two DE/DL/LB in the second rd,,then a RB and OL they have 2 “2nd rd” and 2 “3rd” rd picks….watch what they do..
    Plus everybody forgot who they coaxed out of retirement “DANTE”….betcha betcha

  4. jcmeyer10 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:45 PM

    Damn, should have gotten the Hightower or Collins jersey

  5. TB12RALLYCRY says: Mar 15, 2016 3:47 PM

    Id rather have this option then get rid of Collins Hightower and or Butler or Sheard for that matter……..

  6. 2since96 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:48 PM

    Not a bad move on BB’s part…draft a guy, get his cheap rookie years, and use him to win a SB…then ship him out for a 2nd round pick…so you can draft another guy, get his cheap rookie years…

    see where this is going?

  7. mrphelps01 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:49 PM

    I’m not sure what the cap charge for Cooper is for 2016, but the Pats likely saved $5 million+ against the cap. Now I’d like to see them spend it.

  8. kissbillsrings says: Mar 15, 2016 3:53 PM

    I don’t see the Pats exercising the option either, but IF they do it will be to see how he performs this year & give them the ability to lock him up with a 4-5 year contract that will eliminate that 11+ million option…
    The guys still young & had some tough luck… Dante will evaluate him & determine his abilities…. I mean he was a first rounder(7th overall) & if anyone can help him reach his potential its Scarr…..

  9. insightfulcomments says: Mar 15, 2016 3:54 PM

    Cardinals fleeced them.

  10. mrphelps01 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:54 PM

    Not a bad move on BB’s part…draft a guy, get his cheap rookie years, and use him to win a SB…then ship him out for a 2nd round pick…so you can draft another guy, get his cheap rookie years…

    see where this is going?

    _______________________
    Great, except Bill tends to reach and whiff on second round picks–See Tavon Wilson, Jordan Richards, Ras-I Dowling, Aaron Dobson, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Terrance Wheatley, etc.

  11. patsfan4lifesbchamps says: Mar 15, 2016 3:55 PM

    This move tells me we are going to rely more on the offense to win games. I trust BB but is it wise to rely on a 39 year old to win a SB? I thought we were going to shore up the defense.

  12. stealthjunk says: Mar 15, 2016 3:56 PM

    My guess is the Pats included Cooper in the trade so that if they decline his option and he has a good year this year this year, they’ll be able to collect get a compensatory pick for losing him. So they’re essentially taking a chance on him this year by getting a year of his services and then, if they lose him, they still end up with a draft pick for him.

  13. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:58 PM

    AZ had no place else to fit Cooper in. NE will never extend his contract. At best, Cooper is practice fodder in NE or depth. To NE fans, pray they do not have to use him in a real game.

  14. chawk12thman says: Mar 15, 2016 3:59 PM

    NE wins on this deal, at least on paper……adding a 2016 2nd rd pick and getting cap space relief. Plus adding a rookie salary for the year in Jonathan Cooper which becomes his “contract year” when option not picked up. His production will be up and they can negotiate with him next off season, if he does well.

    AZ gets better long term with the addition of the DE, but overall, losing that draft pick may hurt. They likely could have added a quality D-Line player in rd 2 given the quality of this defensive line players.

  15. coreycroom says: Mar 15, 2016 3:59 PM

    C’mon – Nobody on earth, especially Belichick / Caserio, would pick up that option before the season.

    Way, way, way, way, way, way over market value for him.

  16. trollaikman8 says: Mar 15, 2016 3:59 PM

    Was Jones shipped out with synthetic herbs?

    Arizona got a steal.

  17. 6ball says: Mar 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    ..
    The Patriots give up a guy they were not going to sign and receive Cooper, a second rounder and a 5 million cap savings.

    The Cardinals give up a guy who wasn’t in their plans and a draft pick, and receive a quality pass rusher to supplement an average D line.

    It looks like a good deal for both sides.
    .

  18. sdcharger123 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    Even if they don’t sign Cooper to an extension, they still net a 2nd round pick rather than losing a player and getting nothing. They better hit on that pick, though…

  19. realtruthteller100 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:00 PM

    Hence, 4 rings*

  20. floriosnuts says: Mar 15, 2016 4:01 PM

    Gronk was a second round pick.

  21. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:01 PM

    A caviar. Bruce Arians just fleeced big Bill Big time.

  22. piratefreedom says: Mar 15, 2016 4:05 PM

    It’s very unusual for a team to give up a talented young pass rusher.
    I wonder if the Pats are worried about Chandlers drug use.

  23. dpdonny says: Mar 15, 2016 4:05 PM

    Yeah, I think that decision was made before the trade. It’s not like BB discovered this after the trade.

    Move along folks … nothing to see here.

  24. silverbackdk says: Mar 15, 2016 4:06 PM

    Win-win Trade. Love the move by the Cards. The missing piece in my opinion. Maybe a better ILB (Dwash – please quit the weed…)

  25. pastabelly says: Mar 15, 2016 4:07 PM

    I think that there are a lot of things going on here. The first is that it would have been tough keeping all three (Collins, Hightower, and Jones) and they picked the two they wanted. Jones had consistency problems and the issue with synthetic weed didn’t help. Cooper is a one-year rental at a position of need. $11 million for a guard = no thank you. 2016 at less than $1 million = like.

    Arizona got the best player in the deal. The Patriots got a draft pick which should translate to a starter and salary flexibility. I do wonder what this means as far as Chris Jones goes.

  26. davemc617 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:13 PM

    Let’s be honest: this happened because Bill has no picks until the very end of the second round; he wanted another low round draft pick, and that’s why this happened now.

    The guys praising this trade because he got a second round pick are the same guys who defended the Tavon Wilson overreach in the 2nd round… because Bill “obviously saw something other scouts didn’t”. We CAN second guess the man – so let’s do it shall we? I mean, the guy above talking about how it’s great because Bill shuffles around 2nd round picks…. realizes Chandler Jones was a 1st round pick, right? Hightower, who likely will get extended after this, was a 1st rounder. If you’re going to defend the trade, at least be consistently logical about it….

    I’m not devastated by the trade, by any means, but I’m not a fan. I’d rather the contract year with the guy who just had the 5th most sacks in the league, and the eventual 3rd round compensatory pick that comes with losing him the in the offseason, than this trade.

  27. andreboy1 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:15 PM

    It’s funny how Pats’ fans talk about the coacher like they are on a first-name basis with them

  28. 46namredyps11 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:15 PM

    I agree with with silverback this looks like a trade that helps both sides.

  29. maestro1899 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:15 PM

    That’s an easy decision for the Patriots — NO.

    $11.9M is a huge number for any interior O-lineman, even for the top guards in the league. Declining the option is the easy answer.

    The Patriots get him fairly cheaply this year since it’s his last year on his rookie deal. If he plays well, they re-sign him next offseason for his true market value, which will be considerably less than $11.9M/yr. Or, they let him walk and get a compensatory pick for him.

    This trade was about not wanting to give Chandler Jones top money. They surely won’t be giving an unproven guard top guard money by exercising his $11.9M option.

  30. mongo3401 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:17 PM

    Chandler is better then any pass rushing DE the Cardinals could have gotten with the lick they gave up. I am sure Brady will love seeing Nones again when they play this season. I like it

  31. edelmanfanclub says: Mar 15, 2016 4:18 PM

    Bill wouldnt extend an amazing DE like Jones, he wont extend an option for a guard who has so far proved nothing. Bill got a 2nd round pick after Roger robbed the Pats of one, and he can see if Scar can turn Cooper into a decent guard for a year.

  32. stealthjunk says: Mar 15, 2016 4:19 PM

    If it weren’t for Bill the Coach doing a heck of a job, Bill the GM may have been fired by now. It’s his coaching, not his drafting/scouting skills, that have made New England successful.

  33. factman1000 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:19 PM

    Keep in mind pats would have gotten a 3rd round comp. pick if they simply let jones walk after next yr.

  34. tbisgod says: Mar 15, 2016 4:26 PM

    I would rather have kept Jones for the year than Cooper. And a late 2nd rounder is hardly a guaranteed starter. We’re feeling the pressure due to losing our 1st. Desperate move.

  35. jmc8888 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:28 PM

    He broke his leg, which is a bit freak injury. He’s had some small nagging things. Nothing real major, aside from a lingering limp he had the year he came back from the broken leg. But that looked a lot better last year.

    His problem seems to be his head. He is supposed to be very cerebral, and he’s overthinking things, leading to errors.

    But he has all the tools to be an elite guard, and he’s not a knucklehead.

    The question is, can the Patriots and their great OL coach turn the light on for him and get his head right? Can he stay healthy? If those things happen he will be a great deal.

    This trade has a great shot at being not just win-win for both teams, but great wins for both teams.

    But the Patriots have the deadline to deal with now.

  36. hehateme2 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:30 PM

    pats were played as suckers.

  37. filmex2000 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:32 PM

    As a Cards fan, after years of dealing with Levi Brown, all we wanted was a early draft pick to reinforce the OL.

    We thought we got that with the 7th pick in Cooper. Instead, he broke his leg in the third preseason game of his rookie year, and never fully recovered.

    It seemed to be more mental than physical, but whatever it was, it turned the pick into a careful-what-you-wish-for selection…a wasted first-rounder up till now.

    Hopefully, Chandler Jones will help us forget the failed pick that was Jonathan Cooper.

  38. ReligionIsForIdiots says: Mar 15, 2016 4:34 PM

    willjasper says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM
    Patriots won’t exercise the option. They get Cooper for a year, and more importantly, a second-round pick.
    ——-

    To draft another bust like Spikes, Cunningham, Hernandez, White, Wheatley, etc.

  39. ijahru says: Mar 15, 2016 4:42 PM

    Great, except Bill tends to reach and whiff on second round picks–See Tavon Wilson, Jordan Richards, Ras-I Dowling, Aaron Dobson, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Terrance Wheatley, etc.

    Gronkowski, Collins, Vollmer yeah Bill sucks in the second round.
    All teams do bad when it comes to the draft

  40. dinozzo27 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:44 PM

    They do this one day after meeting with Chris Long?……Bet they have a good idea that he will be coming back to town and not just for the chowder

  41. fireroger says: Mar 15, 2016 4:46 PM

    Trade aside, I was thinking a 1st for CJones would have been a win. There was no way the Pats were going to re-sign him and getting nothing in return would have been much worse. Jones is streaky despite being top 10 in sacks last year. The reality is he got them all in 7 games. Four of which were multi-sack games and against teams with very suspect OLs. They all count but it speaks to his consistency. He’s also a liability vs the run. He’s a good player. Difference maker? Not so sure.

    Regardless, good luck to him. Happy the Pats got “close enough” value for him.

  42. Patskrieg says: Mar 15, 2016 4:49 PM

    I can’t imagine what the debate could be. Cooper can’t possibly think New England, or anyone will pay him $11 M next season. The Patriots have done this for years. They get a high upside player who, for whatever reason, wasn’t working out with the team that drafted him at the end of his contract. Give him an opportunity to succeed in a contract year. Then make the decision to bring him back at a team friendly price or let him walk.

  43. randy8123 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:50 PM

    Great, except Bill tends to reach and whiff on second round picks–See Tavon Wilson, Jordan Richards, Ras-I Dowling, Aaron Dobson, Jermaine Cunningham, Ron Brace, Darius Butler, Terrance Wheatley, etc.
    ______________________________________
    Shane Vereen, Spikes, Vollmer, Chung, some guy named Gronkowski.

  44. crush22 says: Mar 15, 2016 4:51 PM

    willjasper says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM
    Patriots won’t exercise the option. They get Cooper for a year, and more importantly, a second-round pick.
    _________________
    They sure need that 2nd rounder. All of the 1st rounders keep disappearing for some reason*.

  45. whiteybulgersson says: Mar 15, 2016 4:59 PM

    Best offensive line in the league next year.

    Best OL coach Dante S and a new revamped o line=fifth super bowl for GOAT Tom Brady

  46. 205diamonds says: Mar 15, 2016 5:00 PM

    willjasper says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM
    Patriots won’t exercise the option. They get Cooper for a year, and more importantly, a second-round pick.
    ——-

    To draft another bust like Spikes, Cunningham, Hernandez, White, Wheatley, etc.

    ——
    Or studs like Gronk, Kevin Faulk, Matt Light, Deion Branch, Spikes (was good for a while)

  47. belicheathater says: Mar 15, 2016 5:23 PM

    Good to see Pats fans have some real football news to talk about before they get caught cheating again.

  48. yyc2phx says: Mar 15, 2016 5:23 PM

    Good riddance Cooper…. Pathetic heart… Jonathan Martin wanna be

  49. imodan says: Mar 15, 2016 5:27 PM

    crush22 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:51 PM

    willjasper says:
    Mar 15, 2016 3:41 PM
    Patriots won’t exercise the option. They get Cooper for a year, and more importantly, a second-round pick.
    _________________
    They sure need that 2nd rounder. All of the 1st rounders keep disappearing for some reason*.
    ———————————————————-
    Ya, sure. All those conference championship games and super bowls are proof how badly they needed a couple first rounders.

  50. davemc617 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:27 PM

    People keep saying the Pats would have lost him “for nothing” had they not traded him.

    They got a 2nd round draft pick in return. If they were to keep him and not resign him next year, they would have received a compensatory 3rd round pick.

    Now, with the reality that Cooper has a team option coming up next year, and that the Cards would likely not have picked that up, just as the Patriots will likely not be picking it up… one has to ask, was it worth it? Instead of having Jones in a contract year and a 3rd round pick next year, they have Cooper (in what amounts to a contract year) and a 2nd rounder this year; and that’s essentially what the trade was – Jones and a 3rd for Cooper and a 2nd.

    Is a 3rd rounder and the 5th leading sacker from last year really only worth a disappointing interior lineman and 2nd rounder this year? I think losing out on an impact edge rusher during a contract year in what looks to amount to be another potential SB run… is more of a loss than not getting the compensation they got in return for him.

  51. tbisgod says: Mar 15, 2016 5:27 PM

    So, we basically gave up a #1pro bowler for a very late #2 and a bust OL. How is that good?

  52. tattooit says: Mar 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    One of those rare deals that I think really helps both teams. NE couldn’t keep Jones at what he would command and they need the extra pick since they lost those couple after deflategate.

    Arizona gets some solid pass rush help from a good a player in a contract year. Jones is a very nice piece.

  53. davemc617 says: Mar 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    “Gronk was a second round pick.”

    And Antonio Brown and Tom Brady were 6th round picks; by your logic, this trade would have been worth it even if it was just a 6th rounder.

    Stop feigning ignorance; the point is that the pick will be an unproven player – one more likely than not that will flame out. Jones, on the other hand, was just 5th in the league in sacks. Add on top of that the fact that the player we got in return is equally as iffy, and you can see why we’re not particularly enthused about the deal.

    I guess I’d just appreciate it if my fellow Pats fan weren’t being so lazy and would actually discuss the deal, instead of continuing on with these weak justifications for the trade…

  54. razzlejag says: Mar 15, 2016 5:46 PM

    I have as much chance of seeing that $11 million as Cooper does.

  55. tattooit says: Mar 15, 2016 5:46 PM

    tbisgod
    Mar 15, 2016, 5:27 PM EDT
    So, we basically gave up a #1pro bowler for a very late #2 and a bust OL. How is that good?
    …………….

    Because your team couldn’t afford to keep Jones/Hightower/Collins.

    Jones would have commanded more than he’s actually worth. Getting a 2nd is actually a solid deal for them. That’s actually more than I would have expected they’d fetch for him.

  56. zigthepatsfan says: Mar 15, 2016 5:52 PM

    davemc617 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:27 PM
    People keep saying the Pats would have lost him “for nothing” had they not traded him.

    They got a 2nd round draft pick in return. If they were to keep him and not resign him next year, they would have received a compensatory 3rd round pick.

    Now, with the reality that Cooper has a team option coming up next year, and that the Cards would likely not have picked that up, just as the Patriots will likely not be picking it up… one has to ask, was it worth it? Instead of having Jones in a contract year and a 3rd round pick next year, they have Cooper (in what amounts to a contract year) and a 2nd rounder this year; and that’s essentially what the trade was – Jones and a 3rd for Cooper and a 2nd.

    except they will get a comp pick for Cooper if he leaves after next year

  57. fanofpft says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    Their whole defense is on a contract year. High rolling pats will definitely sign them all back.

  58. fineswisswatches says: Mar 15, 2016 5:55 PM

    Glad the Pats made the trade. I for one felt Jones faded as the season progressed. He would disappear for stretches. Now they can focus on Collins and Hightower but they were not going to be able to sign all three. They beef up there Oline and get a 2nd round pick.
    This time the Pats need to try and pick a stud in the 2nd round and not a Jordon Richards or a Tavon Wilson. Jacks of all trades and a masters of none!
    No more laCrosse players or water polo guys who were from the Naval Academy!!! No more Rutger guys please.

  59. tegmiami says: Mar 15, 2016 6:01 PM

    I am pretty sure 3 Qbs in the AFC EAST, Aproves this deal!!

  60. zigthepatsfan says: Mar 15, 2016 6:02 PM

    davemc617 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    I guess I’d just appreciate it if my fellow Pats fan weren’t being so lazy and would actually discuss the deal, instead of continuing on with these weak justifications for the trade…

    I dont care for all the throwing Jones under the bus type stuff but it has been long known he was probably going to be the one that goes.They simply couldnt re-sign all their best young players. It’s not rocket science,there is a salary cap to deal with. Collins and Hightower and even Butler are better players that will need to get paid soon…

    you probably think that’s a weak justification too but that’s just how it is…no cap he’d still be a Patriot.. Also probably wanted to have the 2nd round pick since it’s a pretty good draft class. Next year who knows..And I hear they really like Cooper..

  61. section310 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:08 PM

    Has the NFL begun an investigation on whether the Patriots cheated the Cardinals in this trade?

    BB and the boys in NE win again!

  62. jojovie131 says: Mar 15, 2016 6:08 PM

    Collins was a second round pick.

  63. jchipwood says: Mar 15, 2016 6:25 PM

    I hope Jones knows that now he plays for a team other than the patriots he will get tested for PEDs. Goodell only allows that stuff in New England.

  64. descendency says: Mar 15, 2016 6:28 PM

    The Franchise tag this year was 13 million for OL.

    Assuming it doesn’t go crazy next year, it’s only an extra 2 millionish to tag him if you don’t pick up the deal which would give them time to negotiate a long term deal if he performs at that level.

    NE might be careful of this though, after the Matt Cassel tag that nearly blew up in their face by taking all of their cap space.

  65. davehamgood says: Mar 15, 2016 6:35 PM

    Smart trade by the Patriots.Save $5,000,000 is cap space that can go towards new salaries for current players,can be used for new free agents and the second round pick really boosts this years draft.We can concentrate on signing current players and get a look see at a bunch of new players.The Pats now have 11 draft picks including 2 second and third round picks.

  66. pastabelly says: Mar 15, 2016 6:42 PM

    andreboy1 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:15 PM
    It’s funny how Pats’ fans talk about the coacher like they are on a first-name basis with them.
    ========================================
    The man has been in New England for sixteen years (more if you count the year with Parcells). There’s some familiarity. We also refer to the coach of the Bruins as Claude, if that’s alright, and he’s been around only nine years. It’s not just Pats fans.

  67. dejc421 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:03 PM

    davemc617 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    I dont care for all the throwing Jones under the bus type stuff but it has been long known he was probably going to be the one that goes.They simply couldnt re-sign all their best young players. It’s not rocket science,there is a salary cap to deal with. Collins and Hightower and even Butler are better players that will need to get paid soon…
    —————
    that’s it in a nutshell … era of the salary cap makes this deal what it is. You can either “go all in” and hope it works for a year or two and then rebuild or try and stay competitive over the long run.

  68. dejc421 says: Mar 15, 2016 7:06 PM

    davemc617 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 5:43 PM

    I dont care for all the throwing Jones under the bus type stuff but it has been long known he was probably going to be the one that goes.They simply couldnt re-sign all their best young players. It’s not rocket science,there is a salary cap to deal with. Collins and Hightower and even Butler are better players that will need to get paid soon…
    ———–
    that’s it in a nutshell, its the era of the salary cap. You can either “go all in” and hope it works for a year or two, then rebuild. Or try and stay competitive for the long haul.

  69. theuglitruth says: Mar 15, 2016 7:35 PM

    Jonathan Cooper: All the skills in the world, shy as can be about hitting. He’s a Jane in a world of Tarzans.

  70. lscore says: Mar 15, 2016 8:08 PM

    davemc617 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:13 PM
    Let’s be honest: this happened because Bill has no picks until the very end of the second round; he wanted another low round draft pick, and that’s why this happened now.

    =========================================

    True, but they still don’t have any picks until the end of the second round.

  71. officialgame says: Mar 15, 2016 8:31 PM

    Are the Bills still in the league?

  72. mheader says: Mar 15, 2016 9:00 PM

    piratefreedom says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:05 PM
    It’s very unusual for a team to give up a talented young pass rusher.
    I wonder if the Pats are worried about Chandlers drug use.

    ————————-

    Check family history.

  73. boogerhut says: Mar 15, 2016 9:02 PM

    Maybe BB is trying to get 30yrds rushing per game this season. Who’d have thought that passing every single down wouldn’t work.

  74. winninaintsinnin says: Mar 15, 2016 9:10 PM

    Maybe Chandler got tired of cheating.

  75. babygaga19 says: Mar 15, 2016 9:40 PM

    It all depends upon how Tammy “feels” about keeping him. She calls the shots, oh yes she does!

  76. bleedsoe9mm says: Mar 15, 2016 9:57 PM

    if cooper doesn’t come in and work hard he won’t make the team

  77. patsruleyou says: Mar 15, 2016 10:33 PM

    Scar could coach my fat brother in law into a top OL.

  78. tigerlilac says: Mar 15, 2016 10:48 PM

    BB in the second round:

    Matt Light
    Deon Branch
    Sebastian Vollmer
    Shane Vereen
    Jimmy Garrapalo
    Jamie Collins
    Rob Gronkowski

  79. pwellz says: Mar 15, 2016 11:13 PM

    There’s not much reason not to exercise the option unless you think he’ll get badly injury from the upcoming season into the following spring. Pick up the option and cut him later when he ultimately isn’t worth it. It’s only guaranteed for injury so you may as well pick it up no matter who it is.

  80. whispersd says: Mar 15, 2016 11:25 PM

    Obv. the Pats are not going to pick up this option. Cooper wasn’t even a starter for the Cardinals. If he plays at a level that deserves a good contract, it’ll be negotiated next winter. Or he’ll go.

    Jones was traded because he was going to be the most expensive of the young stars on defense, and his relative ability level isn’t above those of Collins and Hightower. Historically the Patriots haven’t believed in the notion of an extremely expensive Defensive End, not since the Seymour trade.

    Jones should do well in Arizona. I’m going to assume he cleans up his act w.r.t. “synthetic marijuana”. I would hope his embarrassing incident last fall serves as a motivation. If not, it’ll be a shame.

  81. gotdebttoo says: Mar 16, 2016 1:20 AM

    I’m assuming Bill already know Chandler is going to get suspended by league. From, you know, his spies

  82. zigthepatsfan says: Mar 16, 2016 8:39 AM

    boogerhut says:
    Mar 15, 2016 9:02 PM
    Maybe BB is trying to get 30yrds rushing per game this season. Who’d have thought that passing every single down wouldn’t work.

    well it’s not easy to run when you lose your top 2 RBS and your o-line stinks.They lost in Miami largely because they tried to see what Steve Jackson had left. They should have just listened to me,I knew he wasnt going to help.

  83. trajan2448 says: Mar 16, 2016 9:52 AM

    Nobody knows who will succeed in the NFL on draft day Pat’s did not have a first-round pick starting last year the Pats are better than most at guessing but it’s just a guess. Otherwise they wouldn’t have waited to take Brady in the sixth round or Edelman in the seventh round.

  84. bkostela says: Mar 16, 2016 10:31 AM

    sdcharger123 says:
    Mar 15, 2016 4:00 PM
    Even if they don’t sign Cooper to an extension, they still net a 2nd round pick rather than losing a player and getting nothing. They better hit on that pick, though…
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    If Chandler Jones signed for mega millions in 2017, the Pats would likely receive a high compensatory pick for him.

  85. steelcitywhitty says: Mar 16, 2016 1:45 PM

    this is the kind of trade that gets the fantasy commish a lot of angry league members.

    a trade for a top 10 DE for a guy on someone’s bench.

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