For better or worse, it takes one blockbuster trade to completely change a franchise. Some work out well, while others are considered to be one-sided deals. While it might be hard to judge more recent trades, we still look at their immediate effects. Older trades matter too. After all, if teams like the San Francisco 49ers and the Dallas Cowboys didn’t pull two major shakeups, neither team would be the dynasty they were of the eighties and nineties.
Chandler Jones To The Arizona Cardinals
Bill Belichick has a long history of trading players in their contract years. For the most part, it’s worked in the coach’s favor. In 2016, the New England Patriots struck a blockbuster deal with the Arizona Cardinals that didn’t follow the trend.
The team traded pass rusher Chandler Jones in exchange for offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper and a second-round pick. Jones has reached three consecutive double-digit sack season in the desert. As for Cooper, he was released by the Patriots in 2016.