The Kansas City Chiefs and Chris Jones are at a standstill. The star defensive end is holding out for a new deal as he is in the last year of his current one. Many people are wondering whether the Chiefs would do what they did with Tyreek Hill in this situation. When the receiver wanted a big contract, they ended up trading him. Chiefs GM Brett Veach assured fans they have “no intentions” of trading Jones.
Kansas City Chiefs GM Doesn’t Want To Trade Chris Jones
“I think for all parties, I think the best resolution would be for him to end his career as a Chief — and get that financial security — and for us to do what we had set out to do, and that’s to work through last offseason with this offseason in mind and get some young guys, which we did that, and then focus on this year and getting Chris done. Hopefully, we get this resolved, but we have no intentions of making a trade.”
Jones is set to make just under $20 million this year. The best defensive linemen are making closer to $25 million a year. Jones is likely looking for something in that range.
Get It Done
These types of comments are always confusing to me. While I understand that managing the salary cap is a necessary thing, Jones is a player that is worth the money. Pay it and move on. Jones is accruing $50,000 non-waivable fines for every day missed which adds up quickly. The deadline of week 1 is fast approaching especially since the Chiefs kick off the season with the Thursday night game against the Detroit Lions. Veach seems confident that a deal can get done but time is running out.
It would shock me if the Kansas City Chiefs did not get a deal done with Chris Jones. However, time is limited and the longer this goes, the more stressful it will become for both sides.