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Patriots Trade Chandler Jones To Arizona Cardinals

Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones kneels before a playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He was traded on Tuesday to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper. (Charles Krupa/AP)
Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones kneels before a playoff game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016. He was traded on Tuesday to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper. (Charles Krupa/AP)
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The New England Patriots have traded defensive end/outside linebacker Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.

The Cardinals announced the deal on Tuesday, saying it was pending the two players passing physicals.

The acquisition of Jones would fill the Cardinals biggest need — someone to rush the passer off the edge.

The 26-year-old Jones ranked fifth in the NFL last season with 12 1/2 sacks. Cooper was Arizona's first-round pick, the seventh selection overall, in the 2013 draft.

He missed his rookie season with a broken leg and never reached the level of play the Cardinals had envisioned for him.

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