The K.C. Chiefs have a lot of work ahead of them this offseason when it comes to rebuilding the trenches. Not only is the offensive line likely to feature several new starters in 2021, but the defensive side faces a lot of changes as well. Chris Jones says he’s excited to see what the team will do.
In a recent interview with Jones on Sports Radio 810’s “The Zone,” Jones discussed the launch of his brand new charitable foundation Sack Nation, the pains of a Super Bowl loss, and his own preparation for the coming season. When it comes to the changes around him, he said he’s always tuned in to see what the Chiefs might do and that he’s fully behind whatever general manager Brett Veach wants to add to the defensive front.
"I’m always paying attention to see who we’ll bring in. I always support Brett Veach and Coach Reid’s decision to bring in guys. Even back when we got Pat, I was at the parade, so I’m always excited to see who we bring in and who we’re able to grab in the free agent market. It’s exciting. I’m excited to see who we’ll bring in.I’m quite sure if they do bring somebody in, I’m quite sure he will be legit and we’ll be able to mesh well. That’s something about this team. We mesh well on that front line. Bringing in new guys in, we welcome them with open arms. We want everyone to see putting our selfishness aside and making sure the team’s always bigger than your personal goal."
At this point one year ago, Jones was himself wondering how the future would go as the Chiefs placed a franchise tag on him. Rumors persisted as to whether or not the team would extend him a long-term contract offer or whether he would have to play with a lack of security. There was also the chance the Chiefs could even tag-and-trade like they did with Dee Ford one year prior.
Chris Jones says he supports whoever Brett Veach wants to add to K.C. Chiefs roster.
These days, Jones is now firmly planted as a cornerstone piece along the team’s defensive line. Frank Clark occupies one end spot while Jones sets up camp in the middle. However, the Chiefs have very little to offer across from Clark, especially if the team watches free agents leave for the open market like Taco Charlton, Alex Okafor, and Tanoh Kpassagnon.
Fortunately the Chiefs are stacked in the heart of the defense with Jones to go with Derrick Nnadi, who is entering his contract year, Turk Wharton,and Khalen Saunders. Mike Pennel will hit free agency from that group, but the Chiefs have a lot of young talent who should take another leap forward with more experience .
As for the defensive end spot, it’s possible the Chiefs sink an early round pick on the spot, but expect them to also find a veteran pass rusher to bring in to bolster the position. The team lost several options to injury just last year, so depth and sustained productivity is key at defensive end.
Jones made his second Pro Bowl in 2020 and had 44 pressures, 7.5 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles for the Chiefs last season.