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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians: Patriots initiated Chandler Jones trade 03.23.16 at 11:47 am ET
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Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a lot of positive things to say about Chandler Jones. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

Cardinals coach Bruce Arians had a lot of positive things to say about Chandler Jones. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

Although it doesn’t come as much of a surprise, Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said Wednesday the Patriots were the ones who started the talks for the Chandler Jones trade.

Jones was traded to Arizona for guard Jonathan Cooper and the Cardinals’ second-round pick in next months draft. With the Patriots having a number of younger players — including Jones — with their rookie contracts expiring at the end of next season, it would be nearly impossible for the Patriots to sign them all.

“I was shocked,” Arians told reporters at the NFC coaches breakfast in Florida on Wednesday morning. “[General manager] Steve Keim did an unbelievable job working with them and finding the right fit in the trade. We went into the offseason wanting to improve our pass rush. Free agency wasn’t what we were looking at as far as dollars for certain guys. That cured us for a long time. They got something they needed. We got something we needed. I think it was a great trade for both sides.”

“I think Steve got a call, and they gradually started talking and things built and built and built,” he added.

Jones has totaled 36 sacks in his four years in the league, including a career-high 12.5 last season. Arians is excited to see what Jones can do for the Arizona defense, which was badly in need of a pass rusher.

“You don’t get 26-year-old pass-rushers like him very often … I think it could be pretty dynamic,” Arians said. “We went into the offseason wanting to improve our pass rush, and free agency wasn’t what we were looking at in terms of dollars for guys. [The trade] cured us for a long time.”

As for Jones’ incident before the playoffs with synthetic marijuana, he doesn’t see it being an issue.

“Knowing the family and knowing what he did and [how] he owned up to it, it wasn’t even a thought for me,” Arians said. “I’ve seen 1,000 times worse than that in my years in this league. He’s a really good kid from a good family.”

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Jonathan Kraft defends Tom Brady’s negative perception following Deflategate: ‘He doesn’t deserve it’ 03.22.16 at 8:24 pm ET
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Jonathan Kraft defended Tom Brady on Tuesday. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Jonathan Kraft defended Tom Brady on Tuesday. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

It isn’t just the loss of the two draft picks that the Kraft family is upset with Roger Goodell about following Deflategate.

They also also upset with the damage it has caused to the perception of quarterback Tom Brady.

Patriots president Jonathan Kraft went into detail on that with CSNNE.com’s Tom E. Curran on Tuesday’s episode of Quick Slants from the NFL owners meetings in Florida.

“Tom Brady is the poster child for everything that is right,” Kraft said to Curran. “Not just with the NFL, but with professional sports in general and why we wouldn’t be looking to be putting somebody like him on a platform and effectively showcase him as everything that is great about a professional athlete. Both in terms of his work ethic, his discipline on the field, how he is as a father, as a husband and what he does in the community. He is everything that is great about the NFL and professional sports and to see what has happened to him, at least for me personally, as somebody is fortunate enough to know him and have him as a friend, that is probably even more disheartening to me because he doesn’t deserve it.

“And you throw the first-round pick into it, it gets very frustrating and very angry and disappointing, but at some point you have to realize, you have to turn the energy and attention towards things that will be productive. The league meetings start really the 2016 season and for us, we have to go out and have a very successful year.”

Deflategate aside, Kraft said he’s excited to get back to playing games on the field. He also discussed the recent offseason acquisitions and also hinted why the Patriots traded Chandler Jones.

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Rex Ryan, Todd Bowles happy Chandler Jones is out of AFC East at 9:59 am ET
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The AFC East is happy to see Chandler Jones leave the division. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

The AFC East is happy to see Chandler Jones leave the division. (Max Baer/USA Today Sports)

While Bill Belichick didn’t have much to say about Chandler Jones following his trade to the Cardinals, the rest of the AFC East seems glad to get him out of the division.

In his four years in the league, Jones has totaled 36 sacks, including a career-high 12.5 this past season.

“That was nice,” Bills coach Rex Ryan told reporters at the annual AFC coaches breakfast in Florida Tuesday morning.

Jets coach Todd Bowles said he was happy to not have to face Jones anymore and added, if Tom Brady gets traded “you can have my truck.”

As for Belichick’s thoughts on the trade, like most of his answers Tuesday morning, he didn’t have much to say.

“Chandler was a good player for us,” he said.

The Patriots acquired guard Jonathan Cooper and also a second-round pick in exchange for Jones last week.

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Ex-Patriots DL Jarvis Green talks Patriots offseason, Chandler Jones trade and what they think of Deflategate back in Louisiana 03.20.16 at 12:52 pm ET
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Former Patriots defensive lineman Jarvis Green joined “NFL Sunday” this weekend and talked to Chris Price and Butch Stearns about the state of the New England defense, the Chandler Jones trade, why some veteran free agents succeed in Foxboro, and some don’t and some areas of need that still need to be addressed for the franchise going forward. Green also talked about his current business ventures, why some players have issues transitioning out the game and what sort of grief he gets back in his home state of Louisiana when it comes to Deflategate and Spygate.

“I got to tell you, when I’m down here in New Orleans and people figure out that I’m in the room, the first thing I hear is about Deflategate, Spygate. I walk around and I crack jokes about it,” said Green, who for the Patriots from 2002-2008. “People say we’re cheaters. I get it down here in the Deep South all the time. When people know its me. I say, ‘Hey, man. They still have to go out there and play. It’s 11-on-11. People are going to hit you in the mouth. And you have to make a play.’

“We earned those games. People can say what they want about the time I was there with the New England Patriots, but everywhere you go, we are not the most-liked team in America. I’ll put it like that,” he added. “I’m very defensive about my club who I played eight years for. We won those games and we beat everybody down.”

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Jonathan Cooper out to show his ‘nasty’ side with Dante Scarnecchia, Patriots O-Line 03.17.16 at 4:01 pm ET
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Jonathan Cooper (61) is out to prove he belongs in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jonathan Cooper (61) is out to prove he belongs in New England. (Mark J. Rebilas/USA Today Sports)

Jonathan Cooper is out to prove he is not just a thinking man’s offensive lineman – he’s a nasty one, too.

The 6-foot-2, 312-pounder came into the NFL with high expectations as a first-round (seventh overall) selection of the Arizona Cardinals in 2013 out of North Carolina.

A broken leg in his rookie year slowed his development but there was something else slowing his growth, at least in the eyes of some NFL talent evaluators. He lacked a nasty side that all interior offensive linemen need to cope in the trenches.

“I do have that. It’s one of those things that you learn when you’re bigger than everybody when you’re younger, that you should be gentle, be nice,” Cooper said in a conference call Thursday. “It’s one of those things that you kind of have to learn that it’s nothing personal, it’s just business. So when you finish somebody at the whistle, at the end of a play, it’s nothing personal. It’s in the rule books. It’s just those little things that show that ‘he’s nasty, you don’t really want to mess with him,’ and I do feel like I have that.”

Helping to foster and channel that nastiness will be returning offensive line guru Dante Scarnecchia.

“I haven’t had too much interaction with him prior to this point,” Cooper said of his 68-year-old line coach. “But what I have heard is nothing but good things from him, even going in training today with other players, they say he’s such a great coach and he’s old school and he’ll get on you a little bit but guys love him, and you won’t have a better teacher.”

Cooper is a self-professed student of the game, taking pride in his classroom and thinking man’s approach to the trenches.

“As a player, I’d my strengths are literally strength. It’s one of my biggest strong points, as well as being a cerebral player and working to become more cerebral,” he said. “Working with the Cardinals, learning the playbook, got it down and now I’m looking to really become even more [cerebral], learning different things that I may not necessarily need to get my job done but it’ll make my life easier in the long run, and just become a better professional. Speed and agility are also strong points that I have, and it’s just a fact of putting it all on display on the field.”

After missing his entire rookie season in 2013 due to the broken leg, Cooper appeared in 10 games with two starts at left guard in 2014.

“It was definitely a learning experience,” Cooper said of the broken leg. “I’m a firm believer that God has a perfect plan for everybody. It happened and now I’m here. It’s one of those things it happened and it was kind of an unfortunate [thing]. But, now I’m here with the Patriots and have a great opportunity to kind of almost transcend that. It’s almost like redemption, kind of turning it all around.”

Last season, Cooper played in 14 games with nine starts at right guard. He was a reserve in both of the Arizona postseason games. Cooper started a school record of 48 games for North Carolina and was a three-time All-ACC selection and earned All-America honors as a senior.

Now a new chapter on Jonathan Cooper’s career begins thanks to the trade of Chandler Jones to the Cardinals.

“My reaction is that I’m excited,” Cooper said. “I’m coming into a great organization, a great situation and I’m just super-excited about the opportunity to play and learn so much from such a great coaching staff. I’m really excited just to take advantage of this opportunity.”

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Chandler Jones: Might circle 2016 game against Patriots on schedule with ‘red marker’ 03.16.16 at 6:11 pm ET
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Chandler Jones reportedly was traded to the Cardinals. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

After four years with the Patriots, Chandler Jones met the Arizona media on Wednesday. (Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

Chandler Jones is well aware of the 2016 schedule.

The former Patriots defensive end already knows that his new team — the Arizona Cardinals — will face his old team next season.

“(That) might be a game I could circle with my red marker,” Jones told reporters when he met the media in Arizona Wednesday for the first time as a member of the Cardinals.

Jones, who was dealt by the Patriots to Arizona on Wednesday, spent four seasons with New England. As a result, it wasn’t a surprise to hear a slip of the tongue when he referred to himself as a “New England Cardinal” before he quickly changed things with a laugh.

That gaffe aside, Jones appeared happy and ready to roll as a member of Arizona’s defense, already saying he was ready to play for the Cardinals’ fans.

“I’m excited to get out there in front of the Bird Gang and do what I do best,” he said.

The 6-foot-5, 265-pound Jones is entering the final year of his contract. In four years with the Patriots, he finished with 36 sacks, including a career-high 12.5 last year. With the offseason deals that have been handed out to pass rushers around the league, if Jones stays healthy, he could be in for a sizable payday.

But that doesn’t appear to faze Arizona GM Steve Keim, who indicated the Cards want to get Jones signed to a new deal.

“Pass rushers don’t grown on trees,” Keim responded flatly.

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Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman among those who bid farewell to Chandler Jones on Twitter at 3:40 pm ET
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Defensive end Chandler Jones was dealt to the Cardinals on Tuesday. After four seasons with the Patriots, his teammates said so long to the pass rusher Tuesday and Wednesday on Twitter.

Of course, his brother Jon Jones — based on the West Coast — sounded happy that he’ll be closer to Chandler.

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