The Kansas City Chiefs were finally able to reach a deal with defensive star Chris Jones on a long-term deal.
The Kansas City Chiefs have finally found a way to keep defensive star Chris Jones for the long haul with news that they’ve signed him to a lucrative new extension. Adam Schefter reports the new deal is a four-year contract.
Jones is the best interior lineman in the NFL not named Aaron Donald, which made him an asset they simply had to keep. The Chiefs had already committed major money to Frank Clark to be a pass rushing cornerstone, and general manager Brett Veach faced significant financial hurdles to move ahead with a roster where multiple players demanded over $100 million along the same defensive front.
Jones certainly deserves that much, however. In 2018, he established a new NFL record for most consecutive games with at least one sack (11 games), and he followed it up with another 9 total sacks this year despite missing a couple games. He also showed how dominant he can be against the stiffest competition in the postseason.
For the last several months, both sides have maintained that they eventually wanted to reach this conclusion. Brett Veach made it clear that retaining Jones on the roster was the top priority of the offseason for the Chiefs, and subsequent remarks from head coach Andy Reid and team owner Clark Hunt were just as positive. In addition, Jones himself has stated how much he loves K.C. and wants to remain with the team.
Jones has 33 sacks and 72 quarterback hits in the last four years for the Chiefs.