Baltimore Ravens linked to star pass rusher Chandler Jones

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The Baltimore Ravens pass rush corps looked depleted this offseason after the loss of Matthew Judon and Yannick Ngakoue in free agency.

But two pundits believe the Ravens can address that concern by bringing in a former first-team All-Pro and one of the best pass rushers in the NFL.

On Monday, Pro Football Focus writers Brad Spielberger and Austin Gayle focused on ideal landing spots and trade value for Arizona Cardinals edge rusher Chandler Jones.

One of the four teams listed is none other than the Ravens.

Could the Ravens make a run at Chandler Jones?

News broke on Sunday that Jones had requested a trade out of Arizona. It was reported that Jones was not happy with his current contract and his future with the organization.

While it was also reported that the Cardinals don’t want to trade the three-time Pro Bowler, there is always a price if you’re talented. A second-round draft pick may be enough to land Jones in Baltimore given his current situation.

Jones, 31, had season-ending surgery to repair his right bicep knocking him out for most of the 2020 season. The age and injury concern may be enough to drop Jones’ trade value, as well as his contract situation.

In nine seasons, Jones has played in 124 games, starting in 121, has 97 sacks, an interception, 23 passes deflected, 27 forced fumbles, nine fumble recoveries, and a touchdown.

With stats like Jones has, why wouldn’t more teams be interested in him?

When defending their opinions of why a Jones trade to Baltimore would make sense, the PFF writers noted that he could help give the Ravens a solidified roster and help them make a run at the Super Bowl.

"“The Buffalo Bills and Baltimore Ravens immediately come to mind even after using first-round selections on edge defenders. Both clubs are entering the final rookie-contract year for their respective franchise quarterbacks in Josh Allen and Lamar Jackson and could solidify Super Bowl-caliber rosters with a splash for Jones.”"

Fans are not the only ones interested in a Jones trade. Ravens players have also begun recruiting Jones to Baltimore.

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While it remains to be seen what happens between now and the start of the regular season, Chandler Jones in a Ravens uniform certainly seems like a match made in football heaven.