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Chiefs gives telling update on contract talks with Chris Jones

Chris Jones of the Kansas City Chiefs is extension-eligible this offseason. But according to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the 25-year-old lineman and the reigning Super Bowl champs don’t have “much traction” on a deal.

The full quote from Fowler was as follows via Twitter:

“While Chris Jones hasn’t signed his franchise tender, he’s kept in touch with the Chiefs as they hold virtual meetings, I’m told. Not much traction on contract front but both sides have until July 15. Market for high-end DTs is $20-plus million per year.”

Indeed, the hulking, 6’6”, 310-pound Jones excelled in his fourth season in the league with the Chiefs. He put up nine sacks, eight tackles for loss, 20 quarterback hits and an approximate value of 9 last season – leading to him being named to his first Pro Bowl.

Perhaps most notable about Jones’s abilities is his impressive versatility on the defensive line. Over the course of his four-year career, Jones has been the Chiefs’ starting right defensive end (two times), left defensive end (once) and left defensive tackle (once).

Jones helped to spearhead a Chiefs defense that was the seventh-best overall in the entire league last season. When combined with a potent offense led by former MVP Patrick Mahomes that ranked 5th overall in 2019, there’s no wonder why the Chiefs won the big one last season.

While there’s still no word on if the Chiefs and Jones will reunite, his talents would be a big loss for Kansas City if the franchise doesn’t decide to extend him or give him the franchise tag.