Cardinals president Michael Bidwill reiterates they’re tagging Chandler Jones

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Teams use the threat of the franchise tag as a negotiating tool, and the Cardinals have made it clear how they’re dealing with potential free agent pass-rusher Chandler Jones.

Via the team’s official website, team president Michael Bidwill said during an appearance on the “Doug and Wolf” show on Arizona Sports 98.7 that Chandler Jones would either be tagged or get a new long-term deal.

We’re not going to mess around with that,” Bidwill said. “He’s a great pass rusher, but if we can’t agree to terms that work for us, we’re just going to franchise him. His people know that.”

Coach Bruce Arians made similar remarks the day after the season, and it only makes sense.

The Cardinals traded a second-round pick and disappointing former top-10 pick Jonathan Cooper to the Patriots for a year of Jones, so they wanted to make sure he just wasn’t a rental. Jones had 11.0 sacks last year, establishing himself as a priority.

The Cards also working on deals with defensive lineman Calais Campbell and safety Tony Jefferson, but they proceed with the knowledge that the market awaits, something Jones can’t comfort himself with.

11 responses to “Cardinals president Michael Bidwill reiterates they’re tagging Chandler Jones

  1. “something Jones can’t comfort himself with.”

    Won’t someone PLEASE think of this exploited athete, who may have to settle for a one year deal that averages the top three contracts at his position!?!

  2. Campbell is going to sign with the Seahawks. He’s tired of playing on teams with no quarterback

  3. The Jones trade had very little to do with Jonathan Cooper and more about the draft choices to the Patriots, which they used to select Malcolm Mitchell and Joe Thuney. The franchise tag amount for defensive ends is $17 million. The Patriots were never going to pay that.

  4. Awww man, Lil Russ is gonna lead the league in yards lost to sacks again! I hear this year they are going to hire McGyver to make an O-line out of some saltwater taffy, a few broken turnstiles, sticks, and some remnants of former defensive linemen that were drafted in the 7th round in 1996.

  5. For Jones the Pat’s turned the draft pick into (2), 4th Rd picks, both starters and reasons why they won SB LI,,,,, Mitchell and thuney

  6. mtrhead269 says:
    Feb 14, 2017 3:56 PM
    Jones still disappears , sacks comes in bunches against marginal teams at times . Not worth 17 mil
    Cool, so we can agree that the Patriots and Seahawks are marginal teams then? Cause he had sacks against both of them.

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