TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona Cardinals pass-rusher Chandler Jones wasn’t desirous about the potential monetary windfall throughout his five-sack efficiency Sunday in opposition to the Tennessee Titans that kicked off the final season of his contract.
Or was he?
“I used to be extra pondering getting the ball, so [quarterback] Kyler [Murray] can go rating one other landing, to be sincere with you,” Jones stated about his fourth sack.
Then Jones winked, which stated all of it.
It’s the newest chapter to the beginning of the ninth NFL season for the 31-year-old, who sat out OTAs and minicamp over the summer time in protest of wanting both an extension or a brand new deal. He stated Wednesday that he had requested a commerce, however referred all questions in regards to the request to basic supervisor Steve Keim and his brokers, Joe Panos and Ethan Lock.
Jones, who is about to earn $15.5 million this season, stated he will let his brokers deal with the enterprise aspect of his profession whereas he performs.
“I am simply taking part in soccer, actually,” Jones stated. “I simply let my agent deal with that — the contract scenario — however it’s the final yr of my contract and I simply let that deal with itself.”
Jones, who leads the NFL in sacks since coming into the league in 2012, stated it was “advantageous” for him to not maintain out or maintain in throughout coaching camp.
“Relating to the season, I feel doing all your job is important, placing the staff first, ignore the noise and, and simply managing expectations,” Jones stated.
Jones, who had 19 sacks in 2019, suffered a season-ending biceps harm in Week 5 final season, recording only one sack. Beginning with 5 sacks on Sunday places Jones in a very good place to make one other run on the single-season sack document (22.5), which was set by Michael Strahan in 2001.
“My purpose is to do higher than the earlier yr,” Jones stated when requested in regards to the document. “So, no matter that’s, hopefully I can simply do higher than I did final yr, simply being constant.”
With free company looming, for now, Jones is making an attempt to dam out his contract scenario as finest he can.
“I feel I performed finest once I do not go in desirous about the deal or the contract,” Jones stated. “Is it one thing that, I imply, [I think about] off the sphere? Yeah, I imply, in fact. I do not know the place I am gonna dwell subsequent yr. However in the identical scenario, I feel, when the season begins, I inform my agent let’s put all that to a aspect, you deal with that.
“If you wish to discuss it, you discuss it. So far as for me, I’ll play, and I’ll play my finest soccer, and we’ll see what occurs then.”
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