Patriots trade DE/OLB Jones to Arizona for Cooper, pick

New England Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones (95) celebrates after his team recovered a fumble by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half of an NFL divisional playoff football game, Saturday, Jan. 16, 2016, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
AP

PHOENIX (AP) 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.

Online: AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP-NFL