Patriots trade Chandler Jones, sign Chris Long

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The New England Patriots announced that they acquired guard Jonathan Cooper and a 2016 second-round draft pick (61st overall) in a trade with the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for defensive end Chandler Jones.

Jones, 26, is a veteran of four seasons with New England after joining the team as a first-round draft pick (21st overall) out of Syracuse in the 2012 NFL Draft. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder, played in 55 games with 52 starts and accumulated 217 total tackles, 36 sacks, one interception, nine passes defensed, 10 forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries.

Cooper, 26, is a veteran of three NFL seasons with the Arizona Cardinals. The 6-foot-2, 312-pounder originally joined Arizona as a first-round draft pick (seventh overall) out of North Carolina in the 2013 NFL Draft.

In an unrelated move, the Patriots signed defensive end Chris Long to a one-year deal.

Long, the second overall pick in the 2008 draft, started 95 of his 114 games with the Rams and compiled 54½ sacks. However, over the past two seasons, Long, who turns 31 on March 28, had only four sacks as he battled injuries.

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