Cardinals’ Chandler Jones says he plays best when not focusing on contract status

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It can be difficult at times, but Chandler Jones trying to keep the status of his contract out of sight and out of his head as he goes through the 2021 season with Cardinals… Of course, this star player is in the midst of his final year of his contract with Arizona and has made it clear this offseason that he is pursuing a new deal. Jones did not participate in off-season training and on Wednesday confirmed that he had requested to be traded for a team that plans to pay him.

No such deal happened, and no deal was made, but none of this seemed to bother him in the beginning. Jones dominated Arizona’s first week over Tennessee Titans, tying the franchise record with five sacks this afternoon.

“I think I play best when I’m not thinking about the trade,” Jones said. official website of the team… “… I’m just playing football, honestly. I let my agent take care of all of this. This is the last year of my contract and I am letting him take care of himself. “

Jones missed most of last season with injury, but he looks like the All-Pro pass we saw in 2019. Coach Cliff Kingsbury even admitted that Jones’ desire to sign a new contract was justified.

“You saw what talent he has, he knows what he is,” Kingsbury said. “I know he wants more money and he probably deserves it. This is part of the business. But the way he treats himself and the way he treats his teammates and coaches is phenomenal. “

While Jones will try not to think about getting a new deal if he continues to show himself like he did in the first week, the Cardinals may have little choice but to throw some money in his direction.

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