Chiefs DT Chris Jones will report to training camp despite not having new contract
Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones may be looking for a new contract, but that apparently won’t stop him from reporting to training camp.
The Katz brothers, Jones’ agents, have stated that Jones will be present at Chiefs training camp on Friday, according to Adam Schefter of ESPN.
“He knows his value and if he has to play out his deal in order to reach free agency, then that’s what he will do,” said the Katz brothers. “For now, he’s focused on winning a Super Bowl for Kansas City.”
The news comes after Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reported earlier on Friday that Jones had not yet arrived for training camp.
Jones is entering the final year of his deal and is scheduled to make $1.2 million in 2019.
The 25-year-old is coming off of a terrific 2018 campaign in which he played all 16 games and racked up 40 tackles, 15.5 sacks, an interception, a couple of forced fumbles, five passes defended and a defensive touchdown.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at Mississippi State, was originally selected by the Chiefs in the second round (37th pick overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft.
He went on to appear in 16 contests during his rookie year, finishing with 28 tackles, a couple of sacks and four passes defended. Then, the following year, Jones showed some marked improvement, participating in every game and totaling 32 tackles, 6.5 sacks, an interception, four forced fumbles, and seven passes defended.
For a Chiefs team that is short on defensive talent as it is, the fact that Jones will be showing up for training camp is paramount.