Rob Gronkowski tweets a nostalgic farewell to 'Black Gronk'

Published Mar. 17, 2016 10:07 a.m. ET

Parting is such sweet sorrow for defensive end Chandler Jones and New England Patriots tight end/cruise ship captain Rob Gronkowski.

On Tuesday, the Patriots and Arizona Cardinals executed a major trade that sent 2015 Pro Bowler Jones to the pass-rush-needy Cards in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round draft pick (and come cap space).

Jones is a big loss but the Patriots learned last year that no team can ever have too much offensive line depth. And so they addressed a need and got some value for him before he becomes an unrestricted free agent in 2017.