Chris Jones reacts to the news he’ll be tagged: “Man, what else do you want me to do?”

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The Chiefs have yet to pay their two most important players: Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. Mahomes has two years left under his rookie contract. Jones has none, and the team will be using the franchise tag to keep the man who was the best and most important defensive player for the Super Bowl champions in 2019.

It’s like a mix of emotions,” Jones said regarding the news that he’ll be tagged while appearing on Colin Cowherd’s show, via ArrowheadPride.com. “Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded. So you know when you’re hit with the franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they’re not valuing you or they’re not valuing what you bring to the table or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together.”

Jones tried to be positive but, with some cajoling from Cowherd, Jones admitted to being a little upset.

“I feel like every team in this league has the opportunity to franchise a good player, and I’m the lucky guy,” Jones said, with more than a little sarcasm. “There’s no hard feelings. It’s a business.” Asked by Cowherd if “it’s a little hard,” Jones agreed.

“It’s a little hard [feelings],” Jones said. “It’s like, ‘Man, what else you want me to do? I gotta go out and get 30 sacks, 35 sacks to show y’all I can . . . you know?'”

Jones remains pragmatic, especially since he saw what happened after the Chiefs tagged Dee Ford last year.

“The beautiful thing about the franchise tag it can go one of two ways,” Jones said. “The team either long-term you and have you for the future, or they’re gonna trade you.”

There’s a third option: Jones can go year to year under the tag and, after the 2021 season, he’d force his way to the market, because the Chiefs would have to give him quarterback money to tag him a third time. And that would come at a time when they’ll be paying their quarterback the most money of anyone in the league.

Jones wants to stay with the Chiefs, but consider his comments on that point. He already may be making a subtle detachment from the organization with the Freudian use of “they,” before correcting it to “we.”

“It would be nice to get paid in Kansas City and stay with Mahomes and what they’re building over there — what we’re building — is exceptional,” Jones said. “I feel like we’re building a dynasty. And for Brett Veach it’s about looking at the team [and] analyzing what you can lose and what you have to keep.”

Whatever they do with Jones, it’s the kind of story that we will be covering every step of the way. Given the way he stepped up and performed in the postseason, it’s hard to imagine the Chiefs not finding a way to keep him around, indefinitely.

39 responses to “Chris Jones reacts to the news he’ll be tagged: “Man, what else do you want me to do?”

  1. please stop crying poor. the teams are offering Millions to these players. nobody cares to hear about your $$ problems.

  2. He is going to be the sacrificial cow for the chiefs. Lock him up on a franchise tag, so Mahomes can get his. Yes, Mahomes is a great player, but it wasnt him that improved that defense, it was CHRIS JONES who made the difference on that D. He needs to look at the history of franchised defensive players for the chiefs. They usually dont sign them to long term deals. They get traded like jared allen or dee ford. They just got a superbowl trophy and this is how they repay him. The chiefs are real good at turning players into zombies.

  3. Much ado about nothing. If my employer was going to quadruple my salary next year but let me know I might get fired after that year even if I perform well, I would be conflicted too.

  4. Lol. I’m upset because they’re only going to give me a one year guaranteed contract worth millions but I need long term security. You just got long term security with those millions. So tired of hearing how bad the franchise tag is to these guys.

  5. How bout quit pitching a fit and play the game. Getting franchised isn’t the worst thing ever. You are still getting paid handsomely.

  6. He is going to be the sacrificial cow for the chiefs. Lock him up on a franchise tag, so Mahomes can get his. Yes, Mahomes is a great player, but it wasnt him that improved that defense, it was CHRIS JONES who made the difference on that D. He needs to look at the history of franchised defensive players for the chiefs. They usually dont sign them to long term deals. They get traded like jared allen or dee ford. They just got a superbowl trophy and this is how they repay him. The chiefs are real good at turning players into zombies.

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    They want to get a long term deal, but if you want to stay and you are the second best Interior DL in the league you can’t demand 2nd best player money. You have to be willing to take less. Just like Mahomes if he truly wants to say in KC He can’t go get a 200M+ contract and keep winning Super Bowls cause you can’t keep players like Jones.

    I also love the irony of somebody with the Raiders name talking about how the Chiefs turn players into Zombies….

  7. He is a good player, last year was his first Pro Bowl appearance and he hasn’t been a first or second team All-Pro.

    The franchise tag is a life-changing amount of money that guarantees financial security for the rest of his life so he needs to keep things in perspective.

  8. guarantee if he agreed to a team friendly deal that would guarantee him more money then he’ll ever spend and set his family up for generations, allow him to chance super bowls, and be an example for other great players on the team to take a little less to build a dynasty… the chiefs would give him that contract today. Buuut hes not going to do that. he’ll want every penny he can get, at the expense of the team, and he’ll be gone down the road. pretty simple for the chiefs. offer him a fair contract that works for the team. he says no, tag him, use him, and replace him.

  9. He is not happy as suggested yesterday. If he blows out his knee or holds out and comes in fat, etc, it’s all over.

  10. raiderspy1 says:
    February 28, 2020 at 7:36 am
    He is going to be the sacrificial cow for the chiefs. Lock him up on a franchise tag, so Mahomes can get his. Yes, Mahomes is a great player, but it wasnt him that improved that defense, it was CHRIS JONES who made the difference on that D. He needs to look at the history of franchised defensive players for the chiefs. They usually dont sign them to long term deals. They get traded like jared allen or dee ford. They just got a superbowl trophy and this is how they repay him. The chiefs are real good at turning players into zombies.

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    Yep. He gones. They’re wasting money with Watkins, Mathieu, etc. Mindboggling how overpaid those players are.

    Mahomes set to absolutely raid the Chiefs, the latter with no leverage at all.

  11. It is really hard to empathize with any of them. Franchise tag or contract all they are really arguing about is dollar figures unimaginable to all of us. They see it as a difference of several million over a year to tens of millions over two or three years. Sorry but even one year of that with either option is more money that I’ll see in a lifetime. Ang guaranteed even if they are hurt and in most cases a career ending injury? Give me 10 million or more for one year and I’ll retire comfortable at 25.

  12. If the players want to get rid of this bad enough, now is the time to do it with the CBA talks. If I were one of the elite players in this game (and the ones that are the most outspoken about the terms of the current CBA), I would be fighting to get rid of the franchise and transition tags. Don’t give the teams the luxury of tagging you as opposed to signing you to a long-term contract.

    If the players don’t get that into the next CBA, they have nobody else to blame but themselves.

  13. It’s a tough business… I don’t feel sorry for him, he’s going to make millions but a team simply can’t have 2, 100 million dollar players on their d-line. I do think Jones is more valuable than Clark but Clark is already signed.

    Looks to me he’s trade bait, or beat case KC keeps him for another year.

    On top of Mahomes future deal, and Clark, they’ve already got Hill, Kelce, Watkins, Mathieu all with sizable contracts.

    I’m guessing Jones is worth a 1st and a future 2nd round draft pick. I’d think a lot of teams would take the 2nd best DT in the league, who by the way is only 25 year old. He might even be worth 2 1st rounders.

  14. Chris Jones: “Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded.”

    There, in a nutshell, is the kind of clueless self-entitlement that’s ruining this society.
    Doing things the “right way, staying under the line and out of trouble” is something all of us are SUPPOSED to do every day of our lives. It’s our RESPONSIBILITY as citizens, not something you do only if you’re rewarded for it.
    Same thing for doing everything within “the team way.” You employer is paying you well, and as such you have responsibilities to do it their way, as expressed in the contract you signed before cashing those hefty paychecks. Playing hard and well is what you’re expected to do — it’s why they’re paying you.
    Money and entitlement are a bad combination for a lot of people.

  15. Its still 15.5 million in hand for one year’s play, and he’ll be set for life unless he’s an idiot with that money. Should sign the tag, play well enough to get tagged again or get a long term contract next off season and be happy.

  16. He will be paid $15.5M for 2020 . That will place around the top ten paid DTs in the league a few million from the top five . Bottom line that’s pretty good for a guy who last year missed 3 games and saw his 2019 sack total drop from 15.5 in 2018 to 9 and his TFL drop from 19 to 8. He’s been a really good player but I can see why the Chiefs are hesitant to make a longterm commitment based on last year . I get he’s angry about not getting a longterm contract with guaranteed money and a signing bonus but a $15.5M one year deal is a pretty good consolation prize . He needs to quit talking about being a victim , focus on putting together an injury free year and play consistently well and the he will be able to really cash in next year .

  17. What seems the most odd to me is that he makes such a point of staying out of trouble and being a good citizen. Isn’t that supposed to be the baseline for all of us? He is a good player and deserve a longer deal, although I would assume there were conversations and they just didn’t agree on a number. But, to complain that he should be rewarded for not being a jerk seems a little blind to reality.

  18. dregonspengler says:
    February 28, 2020 at 10:26 am
    Chris Jones: “Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded.”

    There, in a nutshell, is the kind of clueless self-entitlement that’s ruining this society.
    Doing things the “right way, staying under the line and out of trouble” is something all of us are SUPPOSED to do every day of our lives. It’s our RESPONSIBILITY as citizens, not something you do only if you’re rewarded for it.
    Same thing for doing everything within “the team way.” You employer is paying you well, and as such you have responsibilities to do it their way, as expressed in the contract you signed before cashing those hefty paychecks. Playing hard and well is what you’re expected to do — it’s why they’re paying you.
    Money and entitlement are a bad combination for a lot of people.
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    1.) That’s not entitlement. He’s not asking for or expected someone to give something he hasn’t earned or worked for.
    2.) He’s not complaining about his current pay. The man has pretty much perfected his craft and now that he’s fulfilled his obligations to his previous contract, he wants to get paid what the market dictates on his next one. If you don’t want to pay the man, let him walk. If you can’t afford to pay the man, communicate with him. I’m sure if the team spoke with him on asking for a little bit of time to as he would say, ” get their horses in a cage and get something together.”…He wouldn’t be so frustrated right now.

  19. Who here would voluntarily take a pay cut if someone else who’s not your employer thought they were overpaid?

  20. It always amazes me how workers want their bosses to hoard the majority of the money. Do people not want to be paid more in their career fields? Is long-term security not coveted? Players have families.

  21. “Man, what else do you want me to do?”

    Easy. They want you and your agent to agree to a reasonable cap-friendly contract. Absent that, they’ll tag you.

  22. Doing everything the right way, staying out of trouble, and being a good citizen is what you are SUPPOSED to do.

  23. Typical football fans.

    Nothing to say about Billionaire owners half the time but chastise players for wanting a little job and financial security.

  24. Roger Alston says:
    February 28, 2020 at 11:28 am
    Who here would voluntarily take a pay cut if someone else who’s not your employer thought they were overpaid?
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    You cannot try to equate pro athlete salaries (or actors, singers, other entertainers) to the regular working day person. The money is so disparate that it makes any comparisons mostly moot.

  25. PhD says:

    February 28, 2020 at 1:07 pm

    What more do they want? How about something besides batted down passes?
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    He won his team the Super Bowl, I can see why he’s upset. Really, in the end for the last Super Bowl he and Bosa were the two best players on the field.

  26. The franchise tag to me is mostly a time buying tool to work a deal out. Secondly for trying to control where he goes via trade

  27. These comments amaze me. Option A, one year deal for ~16 million guaranteed. Option B, multi year deal worth more per year with 2-2.5 times that guaranteed at signing. What sane human would prefer option A? Try to see past your envy and understand what the financial realities are for these guys playing a high risk sport that could end suddenly due to injury every snap.

  28. Every team that wins a Superbowl suddenly thinks they’re a dynasty. Call me after you’ve won 3 and then we can talk right Philly? How about you people up there in Seattle how’s that dynasty working out for you? Right nuff said

  29. Because you figure, you know, after four years, you do everything the right way, within the team way, you try to stay under the line, out of trouble, and be a good citizen for a team and for the city, you expect to be rewarded. So you know when you’re hit with the franchise tag, it can go different ways. You can feel like they’re not valuing you or they’re not valuing what you bring to the table or you can look at it as giving them time to get their horses in a cage and get something together.

    Expect to be rewarded? The franchise tag means you’ll make many times more in that one year that most people will ever see in their lifetime. Cry me a river. I’m sick of these guys whining about only getting $15M dollars. These guys have lost all touch of reality.

  30. Hey Chris, they aren’t going to pay you AND pay Mahomes. They have a choice to make and when they make it, they will pay the guy that scores points. Sad but true.

  31. There are ways to get out of these sort of things. Freeze your feet, throw a couch off a balcony, threaten the owner. All proven tactics.

  32. Expect to be rewarded? The franchise tag means you’ll make many times more in that one year that most people will ever see in their lifetime. Cry me a river. I’m sick of these guys whining about only getting $15M dollars. These guys have lost all touch of reality.
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    So have you. If you outperform someone at work and watch them get a raise and you just get the average salary for that level, it bothers you. Stop pretending you’d be noble about it.

  33. One tag, set for life. Two tags, your homies are set. Maybe he signs by July 15 or whenever it is. And, maybe, just maybe, his agent says he wants $22m + and that isn’t going to happen, so tag is what they are left with right now.

  34. Every player wants $20-40 mil to sign (or more) so their output going forward does not matter. Go to short-term guaranteed contracts and earn your way year to year or 2-3 years at a time

  35. twinfan24 says:
    February 28, 2020 at 1:14 pm
    Roger Alston says:
    February 28, 2020 at 11:28 am
    Who here would voluntarily take a pay cut if someone else who’s not your employer thought they were overpaid?
    ————–
    You cannot try to equate pro athlete salaries (or actors, singers, other entertainers) to the regular working day person. The money is so disparate that it makes any comparisons mostly moot.
    _______________

    But that’s the thing, they’re not the regular everyday working person. Once again, if you had a very unique skill that very few people could do, you wouldn’t take less then an inferior craftsman.

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