Kansas City's Chris Jones was reportedly absent from the start of minicamp Tuesday. This is a three-day camp that is the final day of off-season practice. This is a required camp for all players under contract, including Jones. According to the NFL's collective bargaining agreement, Jones could be fined as much as $98,753 for missing the camp if he is not already excused in some way.
Jones is seeking a contract extension, which could very well be why he is gone. So what does this mean for Kansas City and Jones? Let's discuss this.
Chris Jones Wants A Contract Extension
My guess is as good as the next person, but Jones' absence is due to him wanting an extension. Jones said he wants to "be a Chief for life," but that statement is on hold right now. Jones is entering the final season of his four-year, $80 million deal he signed in 2020.
Jones was tied for fourth in the NFL in sacks last season with 15.5, tying his career-high set in 2018. He also had two sacks in three postseason games. Jones has been nothing short of amazing in his career. Spotrac predicts a new deal in the four-year, $120 million range. That would mean Jones gets about $30 million annually and is the 14th-highest-paid player in the NFL.
This would be one of the more massive deals the Chiefs have made since the Mahomes signing. Is Jones worth the money? I would say so, but it will cost, and the Chiefs need to decide if Jones will remain in Kansas City.
Should Kansas City Be Worried?
Jones being absent from day one of mandatory camp should raise the eyebrows of Kansas City. With Jones wanting a new deal, this should be worrisome. However, this happens with big-name superstars when they want an extension.
Kansas City should not worry too much because there is plenty of time to complete this deal. Brett Veach knows how to get deals like this done when it makes sense for Kansas City, so I would not worry any further, Chiefs fans.
Chris Jones is one of the best defensive players in the NFL. He has carved out a spot on this Chiefs roster that is too important to lose. As I said above, trust in Veach and trust the process. It is early in this process, but I do understand the worry. Jones and the Chiefs will figure it out once all the numbers make sense. Rest accessible Kansas City and continue preparing for this upcoming season.
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