Defensive tackle Chris Jones did not report to the Chiefs on Tuesday and is not expected to partake in minicamp, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com (on Twitter) hears. The two sides were discussing a new contract, but those talks have stalled.
By skipping camp, Jones will be subject to roughly $90K in fines. He’ll also, potentially, send a message to the team that he is serious about getting a long-term deal that is in line with the market.
The former second-rounder is entering the final year of his contract. Jones is set to earn a $1.2MM base salary with a paltry $1.3MM cap hit.
Following his 2018 season, the 24-year-old (25 in July) should end up seeing a sizable pay raise. Jones had a breakout campaign last year, finishing with a career-high 40 tackles and 15.5 sacks. Pro Football Focus ultimately ranked him fifth among 112 interior defenders, with his pass-rushing score ranking second at the position.
With Dee Ford out of the picture, the Chiefs need Jones more than ever.
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