Kansas City Chiefs to franchise tag star DL Chris Jones
The Kansas City Chiefs are fresh off of their Super Bowl 54 win over the San Francisco 49ers. While they were able to enjoy that win thoroughly, the NFL offseason has arrived and they are back to business. One of the main things the team needed to focus on this offseason was keeping star defensive lineman Chris Jones, who was set to become a free agent.
According to a report from Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network, the Chiefs have decided to franchise tag Jones.
The #Chiefs are going to franchise tag star DL Chris Jones, sources say. Not a surprise, but Kansas City views him in their long-term plans and hopes to get a deal done at some point. The window opens officially today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2020
Jones is one of the best defensive linemen in the league and keeping him was a major priority for the Chiefs. If they want to continue being Super Bowl contenders, they cannot afford to let their defense fall apart.
During the 2019 season with Kansas City in 13 games, Jones racked up 36 total tackles, nine sacks, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery, and four defended passes. Those numbers show the kind of impact Jones was able to have. The Chiefs cannot afford to lose that production.
Offensively, the Chiefs are set in stone with Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. They may have some decisions to make at running back and with wide receiver Sammy Watkins, but there aren’t any major needs. The defense is where the Chiefs have to not only stay the same, but they need to try to improve a bit.
Keeping Jones is a big step towards getting back to the Super Bowl in 2020. He was going to have a major market from the rest of the league, but that will no longer be the case.