The trade that brought pass rusher Chandler Jones was a big move for the Cardinals, although it came with a semi-caveat -- Jones is going into the last year of his contract, and given the market, he's going to be in line for a large, large payday sooner rather than later. This is something GM Steve Keim acknowledged and said the Cards were prepared for when the trade became official. Now coach Bruce Arians is echoing that sentiment.
At the NFC coaches' breakfast this morning in Florida at the NFL owners meetings, Arians told the Boston Herald's Jeff Howe he has confidence in Jones remaining a Cardinal long-term.
"When he hits free agency, we'll have the dollars to make sure he stays," Arians said.
Arians noted that Keim and director of football administration Mike Disner do a good job managing the salary cap three and four years out. The Cardinals undoubtedly are getting tight cap-wise for 2016 (the NFLPA has them with less than $4 million of cap space right now) but again, there is long-term focus. At the worst, there is a franchise tag the Cardinals can use on Jones (assuming, of course, they can extend a couple other guys, like, for instance, Tyrann Mathieu and probably Michael Floyd).