Chris Jones, Chiefs remain at stalemate in contract talks

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Chris Jones and the Chiefs are where they were a month ago in contract talks: Nowhere.

In fact, James Palmer of NFL Media used the same phrase Friday that Jeremy Fowler of ESPN used a month ago. There is “not much traction” on a long-term deal for the pass rusher.

The Chiefs want Jones with them long term, but COVID has created uncertainty with the salary cap for 2021, and according to Palmer, some clarity from the league before July 15 could help. That’s the deadline the team faces to get a contract completed or Jones will play 2020 under the one-year franchise tag.

The Chiefs tagged Jones on March 16, and he has not signed the $16.1 million franchise tender.

Jones, who turns 26 next week, has 33 sacks and seven forced fumbles in four seasons in Kansas City. He made his first Pro Bowl in 2019.

23 responses to “Chris Jones, Chiefs remain at stalemate in contract talks

  1. They will probably need to trade him with Mahomes extension coming up. Can’t afford both for the long haul with their other big contracts.

  2. This situation is a window of sorts into how things with Mahomes is going as well. Odds are that PM isn’t taking much, if any, of a hometown discount if there isn’t much traction on this. Otherwise Jones would have probably already been locked into a deal.

  3. July 15, coming quick for team, him and others, like Dak. If nothing develops, they play on the tag or don’t play. Movement should happen as we get closer to the deadline.

  4. This is getting ridiculous. Sign the man. He’s a force inside and can’t be easily replaced.

  5. I cannot wrap my mind around not signing $16+ million dollar contract in a season where you may not play, but though the C.B.A. you might still get paid. Really. I would have signed that weeks ago the way this virus is spreading.

  6. Let the Super Bowl hangover begin. The only way to maintain a dynasty in today’s NFL is too have a bunch of superstars on their rookie contracts (eg the Redskins with Haskins, MacLaren, and Young) because once they have signed the next contract the team can’t afford quality at other positions. Russell Wilson hasn’t won diddly since signing that monster contract.

  7. It pains me to say this as a niners fan, but he probably put one of the final nails in the 49ers, when he batted down that quick slant by Jimmy G late in the 4th quarter.
    Mahomes was awesome no doubt, but Chris Jones was having his way with the interior of the OL as well

    Pay the man

  8. He is going to cost $20 plus million a year, Chiefs can’t afford that money with $40 million plus coming due for Mahomes and Kelce will want a hefty raise. Once they signed Frank Clark to his $20 million a year or so contract it pretty much doomed Jones’s ability of staying with Chiefs. He will sign the tender right before the season starts, why risk injury in training camp. Then gone next year. Chiefs better hope a normal season happens this year because it looks like the door will slam shut for 2021 for a run to the Superbowl.

  9. The 3-4 may be going away or used less, since you need more speed than power to stop the rpo/wildcat plays.

    If BB is right and a 4-3 is a better way to penertrate into the backfield, a 3-4 DE may have less value than he would have had in more recent years.

    Great player, though, and KC is in a raging cap hell, never to win a sb likely again.

  10. why not let his agent look for suitors and tell him that KC wants a 1st and 2nd round pick in compensation…can you trade a franchised player?

  11. 4theWin says:
    June 26, 2020 at 5:57 pm
    It pains me to say this as a niners fan, but he probably put one of the final nails in the 49ers, when he batted down that quick slant by Jimmy G late in the 4th quarter.
    Mahomes was awesome no doubt, but Chris Jones was having his way with the interior of the OL as well

    Pay the man

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    They can’t. The union will pressure Mahomes to get a top deal and KC will be in a cap hell for many years.

  12. Chiefs fan in LA says:
    June 26, 2020 at 7:12 pm
    why not let his agent look for suitors and tell him that KC wants a 1st and 2nd round pick in compensation…can you trade a franchised player?

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    Yes, but you’d have to find a dumb team to trade a 1st and 2nd then pay 20 mil per like the very dumb Bears did with Kahlil Mack. He cost 2 1sts, but still, it’s cap and teambuilding suicide.

  13. Doesn’t make sense for any long term deals to be done before things get worked out with what the salary cap is going to look like next year if revenues go way down.

  14. As good as Mahomes is, he should take Dak money, or a percentage of the cap. It’s a big discount. But if he sets the Chiefs up to keep winning SBs, he will be the face of the NFL for the next 15 years and the richest man in Babylon.

    It worked out ok for Brady.

  15. Jones is the 2nd best DT in the league but more of a pass rushing DT than a run stuffer. And with his height and way he was batting balls down in the SB he adds an element Donald doesn’t have.

    You know why Justin Houston, Dee Ford and Frank Clark all had huge years? Houston in 2017, Ford in 2018 and Clark last year… They had Jones crashing the middle eating up double teams and forcing 1 on 1 match ups for the ends. Jones helped Okafor and Ogbah look better than average too. And both got paid for it.

    I’d say he’s worth a 1st and 2nd, maybe a 1st and third, but he’s in his prime and has earned a big payday so O don’t fault him.. Sadly, I just don’t see how you can pay Clark and Jones each 100 million while Mahomes is on line one and can basically write his own check.

  16. I agree with all the above posters. Also, isnt the cap expected to go down if the league doesnt have full stadiums of fans this season?

  17. This is pretty wild. From Jones’ standpoint, he is worth more than the one year tag of 16M. What if he signs and rips out his knee? On the other hand, with the economic uncertainties facing all of us due to the virus, 16M is big bank. He gets it even if there is no season per the CBA. Personally, I’d take the tag.

  18. Guy wants a 100 million dollar deal and who can really blame him. He’s one of the few interior defenders whose been a consistent force in the middle. The problem is to stay in kc he’s going to have to work with them and it doesn’t look like he wants to and I don’t blame him for that.

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