Report: Chris Jones remains in stalemate with Chiefs
Chris Jones has been longing for a long-term deal from the Kansas City Chiefs, but there hasn’t been much progress made recently. According to NFL Network’s James Palmer, Jones and the Chiefs remain in a stalemate this offseason.
I’m told there hasn’t been much traction at all toward a new contract between the #chiefs and Chris Jones. They do want him back long term, but COVID's played a big part with teams not knowing what the cap will be in 2021. Some clarity from the league before July 15th could help
— James Palmer (@JamesPalmerTV) June 26, 2020
Since the end of the 2019 campaign, Jones has been seeking a multi-year contract from the Chiefs. However, after failing to reach an agreement, Kansas City placed their franchise tag on Jones — to the dismay of the Pro Bowl interior defender.
As of this moment, Jones hasn’t signed his franchise tender, thus causing some concern on his status for next season. Despite having the tag placed on him, the Chiefs have until July 15 to work out a deal with Jones. With that being said, there hasn’t been much progress towards a deal in recent months.
Of course, the coronavirus pandemic has made it tougher for Kansas City to estimate a deal for Jones. Due to the implications that will arise from COVID-19 during the regular season, the NFL is expecting the salary cap to take a massive hit in 2021.
Not to mention, the Chiefs also need to worry about getting their historic extension in place for Patrick Mahomes. Provided that, Kansas City is being cautious with how they spend the little money they have this offseason.
There’s no doubt that the Chiefs hope to see the league have an update on the cap situation in the future before July 15. But if that doesn’t happen, then Jones could very well be playing his final season in Kansas City.