The Kansas City Chiefs and defensive lineman Chris Jones have agreed to a four-year contract extension tying the Pro Bowler to the Chiefs until 2024. This move solidifies Jones on the defensive side of the football and keeps a leader around for the future. The four-year deal, as reported by NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport is worth $85 million with $60 million in guarantees.
The #Chiefs and star DT Chris Jones have reached an agreement on a 4-year extension worth $85M, per the Katz Bros. $60M total guarantee upon signing. A long time coming, but Jones gets his deal, and KC locks in a big one. 💰💰💰
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) July 14, 2020
Chris Jones Contract Extension
As reported by Rapoport, the deal comes right before the franchise tag deadline on July 15th. Jones had previously tweeted that he would not play until he got a contract extension.
In his first year at Mississippi State, Jones appeared in all 13 games and made three starts. He finished the year with 32 tackles and three sacks. As a sophomore, he appeared in all 13 games, putting up 26 tackles and three sacks. In his final year, he started all 13 games, recording 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks. Jones then decided to enter the NFL draft and was widely viewed as a day 2 selection. Drafted in the second round, Jones became a force on a largely overlooked Chiefs defense.
Since entering the league, he has been named a second team All-Pro (2018) and made the Pro Bowl in 2019. He finished the 2018 season third in the league with 15.5 sacks. One of his highest moments in came during a 2018 week 5 game against the Jaguars where Jones returned an interception 20 yards for a touchdown in the 30–14 victory.
In this past year, Jones was an anchor on the Chiefs defense that overcame a ten-point deficit in Super Bowl LIV. Throughout his career, Jones has amassed 136 tackles and 33 sacks.
The Kansas City Chiefs have locked up a key part of their franchise’s future in addition to quarterback Patrick Mahomes, who signed a 10-year extension earlier this off-season. The retaining of Jones will allow Kansas City to look to capture more accolades in the future.
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