The Cleveland Browns almost made their first significant move of the offseason.
According to a report, the Browns were interested in former Patriots defensive end Chandler Jones. New England dealt Jones to the Arizona Cardinals on Tuesday in exchange for offensive lineman Jonathan Cooper and a second round pick.
Also told four teams were in the mix for Chandler Jones. Haven't confirmed otherwise but told CLE Jax and GB were among interested teams.— Mike Loyko (@NEPD_Loyko) March 15, 2016
The 26-year-old defensive end finished the 2015 season with 31 tackles and 11.5 sacks, helping the Pats reach the AFC Championship Game. However, Jones was named in a strange incident before last season's playoffs. Jones was reportedly taken to the hospital after using synthetic marijuana.
Regardless of the off-field issue, Jones recorded 36 sacks in four seasons with the Pats, acquiring a reputation as a star pass rusher.
Perhaps the compensation level proved too high for the Browns? The new front office has shown a reluctance to overspend to acquire a player via free agency or a trade.
The club's interest in Jones does show the Browns might be receptive to player-for-player deals as the 2016 NFL Draft approaches. Head coach Hue Jackson told the media before free agency the team wanted to acquire 2-3 starters before the draft. Maybe the Browns will do so via a trade?
Either way, the Browns' interest in Jones is intriguing. The team certainly could use a dynamic pass rusher.