Defensive tackle Chris Jones indicated via social media that he was ready to continue his boycott of the Kansas City Chiefs through week 8 and that until then he’s willing to forego his weekly game check, in his case $1.1 million per game, because “I can afford it.”
The answers from Jones Fans were posted in a thread on Tuesday
— Chris Jones (@StoneColdJones) August 22, 2023
It is difficult to measure whether Jones He’s serious about staying out until halfway through the season, publicly starting his petition for a new contract, or just interacting with the fans.
Jones He has previously admitted to posting on social media at times in order to get a reaction and has indicated that not all posts should be taken seriously.
The head coach of the Chiefs, Andy Reid, said on Wednesday that there had been “no communication”. Chris JonesAs such, he’s not sure what will happen with the departure of his star defensive tackle.
The quarterback the chiefs, Patrick MahomesMeanwhile, he admitted on Wednesday that the boycott of Jones It took longer than I expected.
“I don’t think anyone expected not to see him here at that point, but that’s one of the things about contract negotiations. I’m not saying anything against him or anything. He’s been trying to achieve things he feels.” “He must do it; he feels it must be done now. I respect his decision,” he said.
When asked if he expects to start the regular season without Jones, Mahomes expressed hope that this would not be the case.
“Not necessarily. I know. Contract issues are difficult to discuss because everyone wants to make money for the whole family and everything, but I know how much they love it.” Chris for the chiefs He loves being part of this organization.
“I’m just trying to stay out of it and tell Chris that I love him and that every time he comes back we will welcome him with open arms and that we know he is preparing for his return and that he can be the dominant player he has always been.”
Mahomes admitted that he and his colleagues had kept in touch Jones and that “he is in a good mood”.
The four-year, $80 million contract he signed Jones with the chiefs There is one season left in 2020. When Jones did not report at the start of the training camp, a source told Adam Schefter ESPN that the parties are “far apart” in agreeing on a new contract.
Jones According to the collective bargaining agreement between the two, he faces a $50,000 per day fine for his absence from training camp NFL and the players’ union.
Several defensive tackles have signed massive contract renewals this offseason, including Dexter Lawrence with the New York Giants and Daron Payne with the Washington Commanders, both of whom signed four-year, $90 million contract extensions. The Tennessee Titans signed Jeffery Simmons to a four-year, $94 million deal, and the New York Jets did the same with Quinnen Williams for four years and $96 million.
According to these agreements, the average annual salary is Chris JonesHe now ranks eighth in defensive tackle with $20 million, according to the Roster Management System.
Jones Last year, he set a career-high with 15.5 sacks, ranking fourth in the league and first among central defenders. He was selected to the first team All-Pro for the first time in his career after being included in the second team for the 2018, 2020, and 2021 seasons.