Kansas City Chiefs star Chris Jones has spoken for the first time since it was announced he had agreed to a new contract.
For months there had been speculation around Jones’ future with the Chiefs after he missed practice and games in a contract holdout. The defensive end missed the Week 1 NFL season opener against the Detroit Lions, where he sat and watched the defeat from the stands at Arrowhead Stadium.
Jones had been incurring fines for every practice he missed, as well as the game he was absent for against the Lions. The holdout was resolved after it was announced on Monday that a deal had been agreed.
The contract has not been extended, with ESPN reporting that Jones has had incentives added for the 2023 season that could see him “earn considerably more money” on top of his $19.5 million (£15.7 million) base salary.
Jones has now returned to practice and will likely be in contention to return to the field this weekend for the Week 2 game when the Chiefs take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“I’m super pleased with how it turned out,” Jones told reporters on Wednesday, via ESPN. “I’m back in the building. I’m excited to be back, thankful for the organisation.
“They [were] able to boost my salary up to make up for the fines and everything. I’m super grateful for that.”
Jones later went on to admit that he would make a different decision over how to handle his desire for a new contract. The 29-year-old has explained how working with new players, either rookies or players arriving from a trade/as a free agent, will make it a challenge to return to practice after weeks of not being involved.