Chris Jones reacts to new contract extension with Kansas City
Chris Jones got paid on Tuesday, as the defensive lineman agreed to a four-year, $85 million contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Afterward, Jones took to Twitter to express his excitement about being in Kansas City for the long haul:
— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) July 14, 2020
The Chiefs slapped a franchise tag on Jones earlier this offseason, which bothered the pass rusher. However, it was obvious that at that time, Kansas City was focused on locking up Patrick Mahomes before anything else. Once the Chiefs agreed to a 10-year extension with Mahomes on July 6, it opened up the door to extend Jones.
Jones is coming off of a 2019-20 campaign in which he played 13 games and registered 36 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and four passes defended en route to his first Pro Bowl appearance.
The 26-year-old, who played his collegiate football at Mississippi State, was originally selected by Kansas City in the second round (37th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
Jones appeared in every contest during his rookie year, logging 28 tackles and a couple of sacks. He showed marked improvement the following year, recording 32 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles and seven passes defended.
The Houston native then broke out in 2018, playing in every game and racking up 40 tackles, 15.5 sacks, a pick, a pair of forced fumbles, five passes defended and a defensive touchdown.
The Chiefs won 12 games and captured the AFC West division title on their way to winning a Super Bowl this past season. Kansas City will be the favorite to repeat as Super Bowl champions heading into 220.