Jones was not happy with his contract and missed the off-season job as a result.
The Cardinals don’t want to trade Jones and expect him to show up at training camp, which begins Tuesday. Jones, 31, plans to have a big year after bicep surgery and the Cardinals think he’s thrilled to be playing alongside new acquisition JJ Watt despite past misfortune. A source said Jones is considered a “big guy” in the organization and should be a central part of the Cardinals’ defense this year. The team generally do not publicly discuss contract details regarding their players.
It’s possible Jones will play the year in Arizona and hit free agency in 2022. But that might not allay the discord.
Jones, who owed $ 15.5 million in the final year of his contract, became one of the best passer in the game while registering 49 sacks from 2017 to 2019. The bicep injury limited him to five. matches a year ago.
The Cardinals have paid large sums to other players, including a $ 28 million contract for Watt this offseason. The Cardinals also agreed to overtime last year for wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins, making him the highest-paid wide receiver in the game despite several years remaining on his original contract, and safety Budda Baker, who earned one of the richest contract extensions for his position.
The Cardinals acquired Jones through a trade with the New England Patriots in 2016.