Just a day before the contract extension deadline for players franchise tagged, the Kansas City Chiefs have locked up star defensive tackle Chris Jones to a big extension. The terms of the deal, reported first by Adam Schefter of ESPN, are that this is a four-year contract worth up to $85 million when incentives are taken into account. $65 million of this deal is guaranteed, and $37 million is due at signing.
It has been an eventful last ten days for the Chiefs. On July 6th, they signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a record-setting extension. Now, they have locked up one of the best interior pass-rushers in the NFL.
Chris Jones Signs Extension to Stay in Kansas City
It’s not one bit surprising to see this deal get done. Jones has been productive since being a second-round pick in the 2016 draft. However, the last two seasons he has really taken off.
Jones popped in 2018 with 15.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Following that season he was named a second-team All-NFL performer by the Associated Press. He followed up that season with a very strong season of nine sacks, eight tackles for loss and he had 20 quarterback hits. That was all in only 13 games and it saw him make his first Pro Bowl.
While Jones is more known for his pass-rushing ability, he is also a quality run defender.
In the end, giving Chris Jones this big extension was an easy choice for Kansas City. They already knew they would be strapped for cap space going forward after Mahomes signed his deal, so they made the right choice and doubled down on big contracts, not quite the same amount, and paid one of the more disruptive interior lineman in the league, who doesn’t look like he’s going anywhere as far as quality of play.
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