Chiefs’ Chris Jones upset at idea of being franchise tagged
The Kansas City Chiefs are planning on slapping a franchise tag on defensive lineman Chris Jones, and Jones is not happy about it because he feels he is not being valued properly:
“It’s like a mix of emotions,” Jones said on The Herd, via John Dixon of ArrowheadPride.com. “Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded. So you know when you’re hit with the franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they’re not valuing you or they’re not valuing what you bring to the table or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together.”
While Jones said there were “no hard feelings” and that he understands that teams often franchise good players, the 25-year-old also isn’t sure what he has to do in order to earn a long-term deal:
“It’s a little hard,” Jones said. “It’s like, ‘Man, what else you want me to do? I gotta go out and get 30 sacks, 35 sacks to show y’all I can … you know?’”
Jones is coming off of a 2019 campaign in which he played 13 games and registered 36 tackles, nine sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
The Mississippi State product entered the NFL as a second-round draft pick of the Chiefs back in 2016 and had a breakout year in 2018, when he racked up 40 tackles and 15.5 sacks.
While it may be difficult for Jones to not have landed a long-term contract just yet, it’s also worth noting that Kansas City also has to worry about paying Patrick Mahomes in the future. So it’s understandable that the Chiefs would be somewhat concerned about how they spend their money.