3. Chris Jones will end his Chiefs' tenure with a bang
Yes, defensive tackle Chris Jones is heading for free agency. He signed a one-year contract extension with the Chiefs, but his continuing to play in Kansas City feels unlikely. The Chiefs have the option to use the franchise tag on him, but according to ESPN insider Jeremy Fowler, it is unlikely that they will do so due to Jones' massive 2023 cap hit. As a result, Jones is set to become one of the top free agents in March 2024, but he still has at least one more game to wow Chiefs Kingdom.
Jones has faced plenty of criticism over the years for his lackluster playoff production. He did not record his first postseason sack until last year's AFC Championship against the Cincinnati Bengals. Even then, he has only had a half-sack since that game. Still, he can rattle a quarterback and wreck any opposing game plan. That is the only appropriate way for Jones' Chiefs tenure to end.
The two-time All-Pro defender should have a field day against the 49ers. He has at least three pressures in each postseason game this season, and the 49ers offensive interior is not a stout one. The starting trio has allowed 16 pressures on 79 pass-blocking snaps, an absurd rate considering their opposition. Left tackle Trent Williams may handle Jones in one-on-one situations, but right tackle Colton McKivitz may not fare so well.
The San Francisco faithful have praised McKivitz's work against Rashan Gary and Aidan Hutchinson, and rightfully so. But Jones is a step above both defenders and defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo will look to isolate him and McKivitz.
The 49ers have a bunch of guys on their offensive line, but Jones is a dude. Whether it be knocking down Purdy's short passes or collapsing the pocket in on him, Jones is going to take over the game at times. However he does it, Chiefs Kingdom will look back on this Super Bowl and appreciate Jones even more.