Chiefs haven’t made an offer to Chris Jones
The Kansas City Chiefs don’t have much cap space left this offseason. It’s limiting them in what they can do to improve the roster. While the Chiefs configure ways to free up some money, Kansas City hasn’t made an offer to Chris Jones.
Ahead of the start of the new league year, the Chiefs chose to place their franchise tag on Jones. Even though Jones wasn’t a fan of the move, Kansas City was inclined to do so to prevent him from testing free agency.
Despite having the tag placed on him, he and the Chiefs could negotiate a long-term deal this offseason. However, with him getting the tag, Kansas City has until July 15 to get a multi-year contract in place. In the event that he and the Chiefs can’t come to an agreement, Jones could choose to wait to sign the tag.
Before restructuring Sammy Watkins’ contract, the Chiefs were left with a mere $177 in cap space. But by signing Jones, Kansas City could actually lower his cap hit in 2020. By way of the franchise tag, Jones is set to count $16 million against the cap next season.
Of course, the Chiefs also have to focus on making sure they have the resources to sign Patrick Mahomes to a massive extension. Seeing that the quarterback market continues to grow, Kansas City would be wise to get that done as soon as possible.
There’s no doubt that the Chiefs can ill afford to let Jones walk after the 2020 season. But until the July 15 deadline nears, there isn’t a reason for Kansas City to begin contract talks with the Pro Bowl defensive tackle.