Chiefs GM opens up about Chris Jones’ contract extension
The Kansas City Chiefs have been very busy over the last couple of weeks.
First, they inked superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension worth up to $503 million on July 6. Then, this week, the Chiefs locked up defensive lineman Chris Jones with a four-year, $85 million deal.
Kansas City slapped a franchise tag on Jones earlier this offseason, which bothered the Pro Bowler. However, the Chiefs were able to come to terms with Jones on a long-term pact just ahead of the July 15 deadline, and general manager Brett Veach is thrilled to have Jones aboard for the long haul.
“Chris is an elite defensive tackle in our league, and there is no better example of that than his impact in our Super Bowl LIV victory,” Veach said in a statement, via Kansas City’s team website. “He’s a passionate player and guy who loves Kansas City. He wanted to be here with us, and it was a priority for us to keep him here. We’re really excited to lock him up for years to come.”
Jones’ contract features a hefty $60 million in guaranteed money. The 26-year-old is coming off of a 2019 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.
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. The Houston native broke out in 2018 when he racked up 40 tackles and 15.5 sacks.