Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones was not in the mandatory mini-camp on Tuesday. Here’s what you need to know:
Jones and the chairwoman were discussing a contract extension with the goal of having one in place before training camp.
After the 2023 NFL Draft, Chiefs general manager Brett Veitch said that extending Jones is “on his list of things to do.”
Jones was a key part of Kansas City’s Super Bowl LVII run. He recorded career highs of 15.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits in 2022.
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What might Jones’ new deal look like?
The last time Jones chose not to attend the team’s minicamp was during the 2019 season, when, at the time, he wanted a new contract—a deal signed the following season after the Chiefs used the league’s franchise tag to set up a longer negotiation period.
Similar to 2019, Jones has expressed his desire to play his entire career with the Chiefs. Such a deal this time could be a three- or four-year extension, according to multiple league sources. Throughout this season, Jones has said, according to a league source, that he wants an extension that would make him at least the second-highest-paid player at his position. According to a team source, the Chiefs are waiting to see if the Jets and defensive tackle Quinn Williams will agree to a contract extension before training camp begins.
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