Chris Jones inked a new 4-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Jones has insisted that he want a long-term term deal instead of signing the franchise tender. The Kansas City Chiefs and defensive tackle Chris Jones have reached agreement on a four-year contract. The contract is worth $80 million with $37 million due at the signing. Chris Jones is guaranteed $60 million and with $5 million in incentives, the deal could be worth $85 million. The Chiefs and Jones, who received the team’s franchise tag, had until Wednesday’s deadline to agree to a long-term contract. The extension comes a week after the Chiefs and quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to a 10-year contract that could be worth up to $503 million.
The extension does not begin until the 2022 season, so the Chiefs took on little in the way of additional salary cap obligations in 2020 and 2021 for Mahomes in extending his contract. Mahomes in 2020, for instance, will have a cap cost of about $5.3 million, or less than 3% of the Chiefs’ cap. The Chiefs are now the only team in the NFL with three players making at least $60 million guaranteed with Jones joining Mahomes ($140 million) and defensive end Frank Clark ($62.3 million). He predicted in training camp in 2018 that he would lead the league in sacks, and while he didn’t, he got close. Jones’ 15.5 sacks ranked third in the league behind Aaron Donald and J.J. Watt. Jones that season set an NFL record for consecutive games with a sack with 11.
He had nine sacks in 2019 despite missing three games with a groin injury. He was selected to play in the Pro Bowl for the first time. When Jones returned from injury, the Kansas City defense improved immensely on their way to the Super Bowl. The Chiefs beat the 49ers in the Super Bowl to win their first championship in 50 years.