The Kansas City Chiefs planned on extending All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones’ contract after beating the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LVII last February. Jones was entering the final year of a four-year, $80 million contract (worth up to $85 million through incentives) with $60 million of guarantees he signed in 2020 as a franchise player. Keeping Jones in the fold was an offseason priority. Sometimes, the best laid plans go awry.
The Chiefs and Jones weren’t in the same ballpark on a contract extension although both sides felt he should be the NFL’s second-highest paid interior defensive lineman. Jones was reportedly seeking $30 million per year to put him in the same vicinity as Aaron Donald, who signed a three-year, $95 million contract averaging $31,666,667 per year with the Los Angeles Rams in 2022 to become the league’s highest-paid non-quarterback.
The Chiefs were more comfortable with paying Jones slightly more than Quinnen Williams, who is second in the interior defensive lineman salary hierarchy. Williams signed a four-year, $96 million contract extension averaging $24 million per year with the Jets last July.
Jones highly productive in 2023 despite holding out
Jones engaged in the rare holdout that extended into the regular season. San Francisco 49ers edge rusher Nick Bosa replacing Donald as the league’s highest-paid non-quarterback a couple of days before the regular season started to end his own holdout probably only validated to Jones’ camp that their contract demands were appropriate. Bosa signed a five year, $170 million extension averaging $34 million per year with non-quarterback records of $122.5 million in overall guarantees and $88 million fully guaranteed at signing.
The Chiefs and Jones had one of the more amicable lengthy contract disputes. Jones reiterated his goal of spending his entire career with the Chiefs after ending his 51-day holdout without…
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Author : Joel Corry
Publish date : 2024-02-07 19:47:07
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