The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Monday that the team has agreed to a new one-year contract with defensive lineman Chris Jones.
“Chris is an elite player in this league, and over the last seven years, he’s really developed into a leader on our team,” General Manager Brett Veach said. “He’s been instrumental to our success and Super Bowl championship runs and it was a priority for us to keep him in a Chiefs uniform. I’d like to thank Chris and his representation, Michael and Jason Katz, for their desire and patience to get this done. Through this process two things were obvious, Chris wanted to be a Chief, and the Katz brothers worked diligently on his behalf.”
Jones (6-6, 310) has played in 107 games (86 starts) in seven NFL seasons with the Kansas City Chiefs. His career numbers include 243 tackles (168 solo), 65.0 sacks (-457 yards), 65 tackles for loss and 146 pressures. Jones has two interceptions, one returned for a TD, 33 passes defensed, 12 forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries. He owns 2.0 career postseason sacks, both coming in last year’s AFC Championship win over the Cincinnati Bengals.
Jones served as a team captain for the Chiefs during the 2022 postseason, including Super Bowl LVII. He was named last year’s AFC Defensive Player of the Year by the 101 committee. The four-time Pro Bowler and four-time AP All-Pro was originally drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round (37th overall) of the 2016 NFL Draft. A Houston, Mississippi, native, Jones played collegiately at Mississippi State.
The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed reports Monday afternoon that they have reached a one-year deal with Jones. ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the deal doesn’t include any new years and that it contains multiple incentives that can add to Jones’ 2023 earnings. NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that deal is worth up to $25 million and Jones’ $19.5 million base salary will remain the same. Jones wracked up millions of dollars in fines during his offseason holdout.
A deeper breakdown, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer:
Jones was entering the final season of a four-year, $80 million deal. He felt he had outproduced that deal, and the latest five-year, $170 million deal for San Francisco 49ers defensive end Nick Bosa reinforced that Jones was due for a raise. Holding out through the preseason was how Jones exercised his leverage.
On the eve of the regular season opener, Jones made it clear he didn’t want to go to another team.
“It’s always been my goal to be a Chief for life. I’ve said that multiple times,” Jones said, via Nate Taylor of The Athletic. “They know where my position is at.”
Jones is coming off his fourth Pro Bowl season in a row. He tied a career best with 15.5 sacks and was first-team All-Pro for the first time. He also helped the Chiefs to a second Super Bowl championship in the past four seasons. He has clearly been the best defensive player for the Chiefs during their growing dynasty. He wanted to be paid as such.
It took Jones and the Chiefs a while to come to an agreement. Finally, Jones got the raise he desired. And now it appears he’s set to return to the field for Kansas City’s Week 2 matchup at the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday. The Chiefs will look to bounce back from their season-opening loss to the Detroit Lions last Thursday.