Chandler Jones to Bill Belichick: “Thank You For Not Trading Me To A Crappy Team.”
Former New England Patriots outside linebacker Chandler Jones was traded back in March to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for guard Jonathan Cooper and a second-round draft pick.
No player really wants to be traded from a perennial Super Bowl contender, but if they are, they would love to go to a team that’s headed in the right direction and the Cardinals are definitely that team.
Jones was excited that his head coach Bill Belichick traded him to a team that didn’t suck and he wanted him to know it, so he called and told him this:
“I didn’t get a chance to speak to him (the day of the trade) – he was on a flight or something,” Jones told USA TODAY Sports on Wednesday. “But I called him the next day and said, ‘Hey, you could’ve traded me to any other team, so thank you for not trading me to a crappy team.’”
Jones explained to USA Today that the word was way more vulgar than ‘Crappy’, but he cleaned it up for the press.
“He laughed,” Jones said of Belichick when he thanked him.
As far as why he was traded from the Pats to the Cards, Jones had this to say:
“They’re not known for really paying guys over there,” Jones said of the Patriots, who have more tough decisions ahead as several good players come up for second contracts. “There were rumors going around that I might be traded, but you never really read too much into rumors. When it happened, it was just a tad shocking. But I packed my bags and moved on.”