All-Pro defensive lineman Chris Jones and the Kansas City Chiefs have yet to agree on a contract. The 29-year-old currently refuses to sign anything. Jones has one year left on his contract, which includes a $19.5 million base salary.
Before Jones disclosed his strategy on Tuesday, it was unclear how long he would hold out. Jones clarified that he will sit out for the Chiefs until week 8 of the regular season.
The Chiefs play against the Detroit Lions, Jacksonville Jaguars, Chicago Bears, New York Jets, Minnesota Vikings, Denver Broncos, and Los Angeles Chargers. On October 29, Kansas City will play the Broncos at Empower Field at Mile High. This would mark the return of Jones.
He will lose out on some money if he does miss seven games. He has already paid over $1 million in fines for skipping training camp, and according to Arrowhead Pride, he would forfeit an additional $1,083,333 for each game missed.
In terms of average yearly pay, Jones is currently the ninth-highest-paid defensive tackle, down from the third-highest deal when he first signed the four-year, $80 million contract. As we approach the 2023 season, it is unclear if the four-time Pro Bowler can be prepared to play without participating in team activities.
“I mean, you certainly can’t expect that particular person as good as Chris is to play every down. And then you worry about injuries, is the body ready? Chris always keeps himself in good shape. But football shape’s different. So hopefully we can get him back, right?”Steve Spagnuolo
Jones is a critical component of the DNA of the Chiefs’ defense. However, his presence in the locker room is equally crucial to his field contributions. Jones has played his entire career with Kansas City. However, the contract situation has cast doubt on what could have been a dangerous tandem with the Chiefs.