Cards-Pats blockbuster from @diannaESPN and me: Cards trade G Jonathan Cooper + 2nd-rd pick to NE for DE Chandler Jones, per sources.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2016
Arizona had been seeking a pass rusher - gets a stud in Chandler Jones. NE coveted Jonathan Cooper and picks. Get them.— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) March 15, 2016
Jones was selected by the Patriots in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He has recorded 36 sacks in four season, starting 52 of the 55 games in which he appeared. He also has one interception, nine passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries with a touchdown, and 222 tackles. He was named to the Pro Bowl for the first time in 2015.
The second round pick will assist the Patriots, who do not have a first-round choice this year as a part of the "Deflategate" punishment.
Cooper was the seventh overall pick in the 2013 Draft by the Cardinals. He sustained a broken leg in the preseason of his rookie year and missed the entire season. He played in 10 games, with two starts, in 2014, primarily at left guard before starting nine games, with 14 appearances, at right guard in 2015.