Chiefs have yet to make an offer to Chris Jones

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Before Friday, the Chiefs had $177 in cap space. Not $177,000. $177.

So it’s little surprise, as reported by Tom Pelissero of the NFL, that the Chiefs have yet to make an offer to franchise-tagged defensive lineman Chris Jones.

Cap space or not, there’s no reason to make an offer now. If the Chiefs were going to have an actual offseason program, the launch of the program in theory could become a quasi-deadline for doing a deal — but not the same kind of deadline it would have been for the Cowboys and quarterback Dak Prescott, since it’s not easy to have a meaningful offseason program without a starting quarterback. So the real deadline for Jones and the Chiefs is the same deadline as it always is for every franchise-tagged player: July 15.

By rule, no franchise-tagged player can sign a long-term deal after July 15. So the Chiefs and Jones have time. And there’s no reason for either side to even begin to move toward their bottom line now, because the time for bottom lines doesn’t arrive for more than three months.

(That said, Cowboys defensive lineman DeMarcus Lawrence was able to create a rare exception to this standard last year by taking the position that he would not undergo shoulder surgery until he signed a long-term deal. The Cowboys got the deal done so that Lawrence would get the surgery done and be ready for camp.)

A long-term deal for Jones could actually reduce his $16 million cap charge for 2020, creating even more cap space for the Chiefs. This ultimately depends on the structure the Chiefs prefer to use; they may want to frontload Jones’ cap numbers and backload the cap charges on the looming contract for Patrick Mahomes.

Regardless, there’s no reason for the Chiefs to make Jones any offers at this point. Eventually, they will.

They have to. He’s the most important player on the team other than Mahomes, and Jones was as indispensable to the Super Bowl victory as Mahomes was, killing a key drive during Kansas City’s comeback by knocking down a pass on second down that would have resulted in at least a first down for the 49ers and by all appearances keeping quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo from spotting an open receiver over the middle on the next play for fear of Jones knocking it down again.

18 responses to “Chiefs have yet to make an offer to Chris Jones

  1. I love Chris Jones. All of Kansas City loves him.
    But if he is looking to break the bank, brett Veach just isnt going to do it.
    Chris said many times that he wants to stay in KC for his whole career. If he means it, he will be flexible and give a hometown discount . Plus he would get to stay with a team built for a decade of dominance.
    If Chris wants too much, then he will be traded.
    Its that simple… The Chiefs are going on a decade long dynasty run with or without Chris. We hope its with him……….but only at the right price. The Chiefs arent stupid and overpay like the Texans and Rams

  2. They can’t . They have to trade him. They put the money towards Mathieu, Clark and Watkins which are all very strange decisions.

    See why Tenn just dealt Jurrell Casey as an example.

    Cap hell can rip the core of a team apart.

    When you don’t have the heart of your base down the middle, yikes!

  3. Jones doesn’t have Donald’s sheer power and speed, but the way he was knocking down passes adds an element that Donald doesn’t have.

    I think Donald is the leagues best interior D-lineman but Jones isn’t far behind.

    If KC can keep him that would be great. But I don’t see how you can have two 100 million contracts on the d-line, and still need to pay Mahomes in the next 12 months.

  4. PrimeTime says:
    April 4, 2020 at 11:51 am
    I love Chris Jones. All of Kansas City loves him.
    But if he is looking to break the bank, brett Veach just isnt going to do it.
    Chris said many times that he wants to stay in KC for his whole career. If he means it, he will be flexible and give a hometown discount . Plus he would get to stay with a team built for a decade of dominance.
    If Chris wants too much, then he will be traded.
    Its that simple… The Chiefs are going on a decade long dynasty run with or without Chris. We hope its with him……….but only at the right price. The Chiefs arent stupid and overpay like the Texans and Rams

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    Why wasn’t he already paid? Why did they go out and use draft picks to overpay Frank Clark, a disgusting wifebeater?

    Why did they overpay overrated and small nickel Safety, Mathieu? It’s the equivalent of NE overpaying Pat Chung the past 5 years in his Rover
    role.

    Why did they trade for Sammy Watkins when your qb is Pat Mahomes?

    As good as Hill is with his speed, etc, he is overpaid as well.

    Your best player on offense (Mahomes) and defense (Chris Jones), remain unpaid when they should have been slam dunks ahead of schedule as known homegrown commodities.

    Now, Mahomes and his deal at 40 mil per, will destroy the team, and Jones will be playing somewhere else, and your middling D will become poor again.

    Great work by Veach. lmao

  5. So what’s the point of reporting this, since the Chiefs don’t have to do nothing until July?

  6. Wow Cowboys have their entire team under contract and still under the cap. Meanwhile the cap only goes up and up and up .
    People hating on us saying that we are and will be in cap heall Truly have No idea whats going on in Dallas. The entire team is under contract for years. Our starters are under contract with no one up, we are 16 mil still under the cap as of right now with Daks cap hit.

    Chiefs like the Rams … will be torn apart just to sign their qb. 177 under the cap lol, good luck with that kc.

  7. Why Frank Clark? Why Sammy Watkins? Why the honey badger? CUZ THEY WON THE FREAKIN SUPER BOWL! Hence, they did all the right things. You win when you can win cuz ya never know what will happen next year. And I promise you if they want to sign Jones they can sign him. Then they can sign 15. The cap is an accounting spread sheet that smart teams know how to manipulate. The Chiefs won the super bowl for the first time in 50 years. I dont care if they gave Clark Hints dog Walker a 50 million dollar contract.

  8. They could lower his cap hit with a long term deal at anytime. What’s the rush? They could wait to see what happens in the draft. They could wait and see if they get bowled over by a trade offer. Pats are in the same situation with their cap and JThuney, who I think they will end up trading.

  9. They’ll soon prob need a lot more than $35m/yr to keep Mahomes. Other guys will be going.

  10. They still have to pay Mahomes, probably 36 million a year, so they are probably better off trading Chris Jones for a first round pick, the way Frisco traded DeForest Buckner to Inidanapolis for a first round pick.

  11. tedmurph says:
    April 4, 2020 at 2:09 pm
    They could lower his cap hit with a long term deal at anytime. What’s the rush? They could wait to see what happens in the draft. They could wait and see if they get bowled over by a trade offer. Pats are in the same situation with their cap and JThuney, who I think they will end up trading.

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    Pats are nowhere near the Chiefs. I would be livid at BB for not paying homegrown in-house studs while importing others for picks and then overpaying them.

    Case in point: No picks used for Gilmore, great value and then he got a compensatory for Malcolm Butler, the latter forcing a cap hell trade of Jurrell Casey.

    Thuney wants to be in NE and is not irrational. BB paid Mankins 8 mil per and can do the same with Thuney as the better player.

    You are clueless and everytime you think you are the smartest Millennial in the room, I’ll be here to embarrass you.

  12. Embarrassment is something you can do daily on your own p6. BB doesn’t care if you’re livid. If they keep Thuney, they have 24 mil in cap room tied up on 2 guards. With almost 0 cap room. makes no sense. You can’t pay everyone when you have a good team.. Anyone that knows anything about FB knows that. For example, a trade of Thuney for DNjoku and a 2nd rnd pick would make all the sense in the world here.

    Speaking of clueless, what number are the Pats issuing Derek Wolfe?

  13. He hasn’t gotten an offer because he was CLEARLY outmatched by Quenton Nelson when they played the Colts last year!!

  14. Clueless #2. The Titans couldn’t pay Casey, or Conklin, because they decided to pay Tannehill and DHenry. Had little to do with MButler.

  15. Why do people keep thumbing down comments about the fact that KC can’t fit everyone under the salary cap.

  16. arrowhead816 says:
    April 4, 2020 at 12:43 pm
    So what’s the point of reporting this, since the Chiefs don’t have to do nothing until July?
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    Um…there’s this thing called Covid-19 and it’s pretty much wrecking society, so there’s that. Seriously, even this is better than B/R’s endless updates on their madden sim.
    Thumb up if you’ve already changed your ‘content threshold’ and watch things you otherwise wouldn’t. Thumb down if you haven’t or are quickly wearing down your DVR and streaming accounts.

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