Chris Jones comment about looming extension will pump up Chiefs fans
February 12, 2023; Glendale, Arizona, United States; Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) celebrates winning Super Bowl LVII against the Philadelphia Eagles at State Farm Stadium. Mandatory credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
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Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones is entering the final year of his current contract. He’d rather not play for another franchise.
Chris Jones is an outstanding defensive end, catching 15.5 sacks last season. He played a vital role in Kansas City’s Super Bowl run, including making Jalen Hurts’ night tougher in the Chiefs’ final victory over Philadelphia.
While Jones will earn $19.5 million next season in his current deal, a long-term extension could be on the horizon. Jones carries a lot of success, and playing with an expired contract brings with it a lot of risk. The extension makes sense for both sides.
When asked about said contract talks, Jones made it clear on social media that he didn’t want to go anywhere.
I am chief for life. I will not play for another franchise
– Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) March 12, 2023
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Bret Veitch commented on the possibility of re-signing Frank Clarke and extending Jones just a week ago.
“The good thing for us is that we have these strong bonds with these players who have played here for a long time,” Veitch said, speaking to The Athletic. “They love being here. This is a good starting point for us. The links we have with these players, and the fact that we have such a long history with them, helps buy us more time.”
Jones had his best season yet in 2022. Lowering his hit total will help the team in the short term. Jones turns 29 in July and finished third in Defensive Player of the Year voting last season.
Spotrac estimates that a player like Jones could be worth up to $30 million in the open market, if he gets to that point after the offseason. His cap hit this season is $28 million. The extension would be in the order of $30 million per year similar to the one Aaron Donald got after his team won the Super Bowl.