Chiefs star Chris Jones not with Kansas City to start minicamp
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is entering the final year of his contract and has made it clear that he wants a new deal. According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, contract negotiations for a new deal have stalled and that has caused Jones to hold out of minicamp.
#Chiefs star DT Chris Jones, whose contract negotiations have stalled, is not present with the team today and not expected to be at minicamp, sources say. He’ll be subject to fines.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 11, 2019
Jones is going to be subject to fines for each day he misses, but it seems highly unlikely that he will return without a new contract in place. The Chiefs have said that they would like an extension to get done, but back in March General Manager Brett Veach said nothing was on the horizon.
“There’s a lot of time to go before the season starts, and he’s certainly a guy that we’ve targeted and would love to get done,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said in March, per the Kansas City Star. “The conversations have started. I wouldn’t say they are heating up at a rapid pace, but you’ve got to start somewhere. We’ve had two to three of these conversations and they’re getting better.”
In 2018, Jones had a standout year finishing with 40 tackles and 15.5 sacks. He also had one interception that he returned for a touchdown.
Spotrac.com estimates that an extension for Jones has a market value of five years worth more than $90 million. It’s unclear how much the Chiefs have offered Jones, or if they have even offered him anything, but whatever it has been the two sides still seem to be pretty far off.