West Notes: C. Jones, Gould, Lindsay

The Chiefs and Chris Jones have made no recent progress towards a long-term deal, which means that Kansas City can, if it wants, have Jones play out the 2019 season for a bargain $1.2MM salary (Jones, after all, has to report to the club by August 6 to receive an accrued season toward free agency). However, if the Chiefs want to keep Jones in the fold for the long haul, it will have to pony up some cash soon.

And as Joel Corry of CBS Sports relays in a series of tweets, Jones is not going to come cheap. Corry suggests that Jones is already a $20MM+/year player, and if he performs as well in 2019 as he did in his breakout 2018 campaign, it will be hard to keep him for less than Aaron Donald‘s six-year, $135MM pact with the Rams. And if the Chiefs put the franchise tag on Jones next year and he plays the 2020 season under the tag while still performing at a high level, Khalil Mack money (six years, $141MM) won’t be enough.

The Chiefs learned with Justin Houston that waiting to extend an elite player can become overly costly, and Corry suggests KC should not go that route with Jones.

Now for more from the league’s west divisions:

  • The 49ers and K Robbie Gould agreed to a four-year, $19MM pact yesterday, and San Francisco bucked tradition a bit by fully guaranteeing the first two years of the deal (a total of $10.5MM). And, as Gould said (via ESPN.com), that guarantee was a deal-breaker. He had requested a trade in April, and given the Bears’ desperate need for a kicker, a trade to Chicago made sense, especially since Gould — the Bears’ all-time leading scorer — lives in the Windy City and plans to continue living there forever. He told the 49ers that in order for him to return to the team, he would need two fully-guaranteed years, and he got it.
  • Kyle Fredrickson of the Denver Post says that Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay believes he is ready to fully participate in training camp, which opens next week, after recovering from a wrist injury he suffered late last season. That is in keeping with what we heard in June, but Lindsay concedes that it’s not his decision. It’s still possible that he will remain a limited participant just as he was throughout offseason workouts, at least for awhile. Denver obviously wants to get him on the field as soon as possible, especially since he will be adjusting to a new offense, but the club also does not want to needlessly rush one of its most promising youngsters.
  • The Broncos signed No. 41 overall pick Dalton Risner earlier today, which leaves QB Drew Lock as the club’s only unsigned 2019 draft pick. Lock, the No. 42 overall pick, is looking for an overslot contract, but Denver does not plan to give him one.
  • Yesterday, the Raiders added some guard depth by signing Jonathan Cooper.
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9 comments on “West Notes: C. Jones, Gould, Lindsay

  1. JamesW26

    For Lock, it’s not really an “overslot” contract. Since those values are already established, doesn’t the request have to be more about the amount of guarantees in the contract?

    • of9376

      Not quite. All rookie contracts are guaranteed; however, the team can decide to pay him more then the slot contract. Lock wants to be paid as a first rounder even though he wasn’t. Denver needs to stand firm and not open this door for other draftees going forward.

  2. Pigskin 101

    Fingers and toes-crossed the Chiefs flub up the Chris Jones contract and he ends up on my Dolphins roster.

    • bac0420

      I would not mid that all, flipping him to the fhins for a pair of 1st round picks.

  3. Yep it is

    Since when does a one year wonder get compared to Aaron Donald. Can they get another year before they crown the King , or does 1 year anymore mean you go to the top of the pay scale?

    • bac0420

      Right, Chiefs should honestly look for a trade partner. If you want to be the highest paid you can go do it for another team. Patrick should be the only one on this team that is the highest paid at his position.

  4. saluelthpops

    The Chief’s mistake wasn’t waiting to extend Justin Houston, it was extending him period. Even if they extend him a year earlier it doesn’t change the fact that injuries began to take a toll. I’m guessing the Houston singing IS being used as a lesson in the Jones negotiations, but probably in the sense that they can get two more years out of him and then let someone else pay for his declining years.

  5. doubleringer

    So stoked to have struck Gould! Again! For the next four years, even. Heck, it’s a perpetual mine pumping out 90% FGM-bars. The Gould rush of 2018 – 2023 may be remembered in glory.

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