Chiefs GM speaks out on Chris Jones’ contract situation
Chris Jones is a key contributor on defense for the Kansas City Chiefs and they would love to keep him beyond 2020. While the offseason continues to take place, Brett Veach, the GM of the Chiefs, spoke about Jones’ contract situation.
Chiefs’ GM Brett Veach on franchise player Chris Jones: “The deadline to get a deal done is July 15. So there’s a lot of time to continue dialogue and to work on something with Chris, but we certainly are going to work to retain him, not just for next year, but for the future.”
— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 16, 2020
Prior to free agency, Kansas City placed their franchise tag on Jones to keep him with the team for next season. However, Jones was upset that he was tagged after wanting a long-term extension from the team that drafted him in 2016.
Nevertheless, once Jones signs the franchise tag, he is set to make $16.1 million in 2020. In terms of base salary, that would make Jones the fifth highest-paid defensive linemen next season.
But before Jones considers signing the franchise tag, the Chiefs would like to get an extension done with him this offseason. By utilizing their franchise tag on him, Kansas City will have until July 15 to negotiate a new contract. Of course, that is the case for any player in the NFL that was given the franchise tag.
Just in the past two seasons, Jones has accumulated 24.5 sacks, 27 tackles for loss, and three forced fumbles. Above all, he was one of the key reasons why the Chiefs were able to defeat the San Francisco 49ers in the Super Bowl in February.
Due to his consistent production, Jones is interested in getting a contract that pays him his worth, while also getting a deal that keeps him in Kansas City long-term.
With nearly three months to get a deal done, the Chiefs are confident that Jones is going to remain with the team for years to come.