Report: Frank Clark trade won’t prevent Chiefs from giving Chris Jones a lucrative deal
The Kansas City Chiefs traded for, and then re-signed, Frank Clark this week, making the former Seattle Seahawk the third-highest-paid defensive player in the league. And according to Mike Garafolo of NFL Media, that commitment won’t stop the team’s talks with Chris Jones.
Mentioned on @nflnetwork I wouldn't think Frank Clark's pending deal would stop the #Chiefs from following through on a Chris Jones deal as well. They've been talking. He's going to get paid a ton. Somewhere close to $20m per year.
— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) April 23, 2019
The Chiefs and Jones’ representation have negotiated for several weeks on a new deal. Jones enters the final year of his contract scheduled to make $1.2 million in base salary and count $1.3 million against the cap.
Garafolo said Jones will “get paid a ton,” somewhere close to $20 million per year.
The Chiefs gave Clark a five-year, $105.5 million deal that includes $63.5 million in guarantees.
While the Chiefs have remade their defense this offseason, it’s clear they hope to keep Jones as part of their future.
Jones, 24, led the Chiefs with a career-best 15.5 sacks last season. He has 24 sacks in his three seasons since the Chiefs drafted him in the second round.
Jones, himself, was welcoming to the idea of Clark’s addition to the defense. Jones, along with quarterback Patrick Mahomes, turned to Twitter to express his excitement.
This defense got real dawgs all around…
“Shits about to be crazy”…
— Chris Jones (@stonecoldjones_) April 23, 2019
Clark is the latest of a number of additions the Chiefs have made to revamp one of the NFL’s worst defenses last season. The team had previously signed defensive ends Alex Okafor and Emmanuel Ogbah, safety Tyrann Mathieu, cornerback Bashaud Breeland, and linebacker Damien Wilson.
Clark will be part of a line that includes Jones, Okafor, Ogbah, defensive end Breeland Speaks, and defensive tackles Derrick Nnadi and Xavier Williams.