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Former Cardinal Chandler Jones coming to terms with Raiders release

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After weeks of turbulence, former Arizona Cardinals defensive end Chandler Jones seems to finally put his release from the Las Vegas Raiders on the back-burner as he has since-deleted multiple posts online about the franchise.

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The situation around Jones started when he stated that he no longer wanted to play for the Raiders on social media early last month.

On Sept. 10, after the Raiders beat the Denver Broncos 17-16 in their first game of the season, Jones said on Instagram that he didn’t want to play for Las Vegas if they kept head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager Dave Ziegler.

Jones also claimed that the Raiders allegedly didn’t grant him access to team facilities, and that he had to go to a local gym to do a workout.

He posted, then deleted, a Twitter/X post aimed at Raiders owner Mark Davis on Sept. 15 saying “I wish Mark Davis told the people why I really can’t play.”

Vegas then announced that Jones was dealing with a “personal issue” and put him on the non-football illness list on Sept. 20.

To this point, Jones has yet to make his season debut in the NFL this year.

Jones continued to post and delete messages on social media as the situation progressed.

Then, Jones was arrested on Sept. 29 for allegedly violating a temporary protective order against a women that stemmed for a Sept. 12 incident.

When the news broke about the arrest, the Raiders cut Jones and he became a free agent.

Jones’ Response

In a response, Jones stated that he didn’t know he was cut, but “it’s been a good run.”

Since then, he has still deleted posts that he has sent the past few days.

It was just last year that he signed a three-year contract worth $51 million with Vegas after leaving the Cardinals in free agency before the 2022 season.

During his five years in Arizona, Chandler Jones was a three-time NFL Pro Bowler and is the franchise’s leader in sacks with 71.5.

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Alec Cipollini is a journalist covering the Arizona Coyotes and Phoenix Rising for Burn City Sports. You can follow him on his new X account @AlecCipollini

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