Trouble is brewing in Kansas City with Chris Jones not being happy with his current contract.
Jones said on Twitter Tuesday night that if the Chiefs won’t pay him at least $20 million per season, he won’t play.
It has been a situation that has tried to be worked out since the beginning of the offseason. The Chiefs used a franchise tag on Jones that is set to pay him $16.1 million. Both sides have until July 15 to come up with a long-term deal. Jones is set to become an unrestricted free agent next offseason.
Jones has been dominant the last two seasons for Kansas City recording 24.5 sacks during that time. He made the Pro Bowl last season while helping the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title in the process.
Why Jones is Worth the Money
Jones has proven to be one of the best pass rushers in the NFL. He was third in the league in sacks in 2018. Despite more double teams on him last season, he still recorded nine sacks. Not many offensive lineman can prevent him from getting to the quarterback.
The combination of him and Frank Clark coming off the outside, this is a deadly duo. Clark causes havoc on the outside while Jones takes care of the inside. Kansas City has to consider the fact that these two need to stay together.
Outside of those two, the defensive line is solid, but not really as good with Jones. It would be hard for Kansas City to find that kind of production from somebody on the current roster. With the game evolving with quarterbacks being athletic, good pass rushers are hard to find. Especially if they play defensive tackle.
Should the Chiefs Get a Long-Term Deal Done
This has been a burning question for many teams trying to get long-term deals done for their stars. A lot of the problem comes from teams being more likely to pay offensive players more than defensive players. The team is trying to focus on a big pay day for Patrick Mahomes which could be record breaking.
If Kansas City throws all that money Mahomes’ way, it’s going to be difficult to pay other guys. This could be the thinking in trying to pay Jones. They might hold off on it and let him holdout because they just can’t pay him.
The problem with that strategy is the Chiefs’ defense gets worse and the offense is left having to score 30 to 35 points per game. Not many teams win that way.
While offenses are the toast of the town, Kansas City shouldn’t forget that defenses win championships.