As the deadline for a long-term deal creeps closer, DT Chris Jones hinted at not playing in 2020 through Twitter in response to Mike Garofolo’s segment on NFL Total Access.
Jones is referencing when Le’Veon Bell sat out the entire 2018 season when he and the Steelers couldn’t reach an agreement. Bell later signed a four-year, $52.5 million dollar deal with the Jets last March.
Jones and his camp have set the floor for an extension at $21 million per year, which is what DeForest Buckner agreed to with the Colts after being traded to Indianapolis in March.
Given the uncertainty of the cap going into the next few seasons, as well as working on a record extension for Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs may not be financially able to give Jones the contract he deserves and desires.
As many say, the NFL is deadline-driven, and July 15 is just two weeks away. We will see very soon if either side is willing to budge.