As the Chiefs began mandatory minicamp yesterday, one of their star defenders was absent. Defensive lineman Chris Jones is not reporting due to stalled contract negotiations.
Reports suggest Jones is looking for a contract extension that would pay him roughly $20 million per season. He’s due $1.2 million this season, in the final year of his rookie contract. While Jones could be seeing a big raise coming, he would forfeit around $88,000 for missing all three days of minicamp.
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Jones certainly has shown enough to earn a big money contract. His 24 sacks since 2016 are the third most in the NFL, behind only Yannick Ngakoue and Joey Bosa. Jones also finished third in sacks last season with 15.5, which led the Chiefs.
With that said, the Chiefs are sitting in a good spot with these negotiations. There’s a new defensive system and who knows, Kansas City may want to wait until Jones gets the defense down to pay him. Though linebacker Anthony Hitchens did mention yesterday that, Jones is smart enough to learn this new system on the fly.
I would say the Chiefs do have some leverage, but all in all I think Jones will get an extension by the time training camp rolls around. A deal could get done in time for a training camp deadline, for example. There’s also a way general manager Brett Veach makes it known he wants to keep a player or not. When talking about Jones, there’s a difference in the way Veach speaks compared to how he spoke of someone like Dee Ford. In March, Veach said “he’s certainly a guy that we’ve targeted and would love to get done. The (contract) conversations have started.”
He has posted videos of him working out in the offseason. Chris Jones just wants a new deal to get done.
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– Braden Holecek is the Kansas City Chiefs managing editor for Full Press Coverage. He covers the NFL. Like and follow on Follow @ebearcat9//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Follow @FPC_Chiefs//platform.twitter.com/widgets.js and Facebook.