As we inch closer to the deadline for a long-term extension for Chris Jones, trade rumors continue to swirl around the star defensive tackle.
If the Chiefs do decide to deal Jones, they no doubt will be looking for a hefty haul. Just last April, the Chiefs parted ways with a first and second round pick for DE Frank Clark.
In his article for FanSided, writer Geoff Shull sets the mark at a 2021 first-round pick and a 2022 third-round pick for Jones and a 2022 sixth-round pick.
Shull also lays out how the Seahawks could extend Jones beyond 2020.
In his proposal. Shull gives Jones 4 years, $85 million with $45 million guaranteed.
2020: $13.5 million
2021: $20.5 million
2022: $24.5 million
2023: $26.5 million
Shull notes how this contract would top Deforest Buckner’s recent deal on average salary and guarantees, at four-year, $84 million with just over $44 million guaranteed.
Seattle would have to get creative to create cap space for 2020, but they have the room in 2021 and beyond to bring in a player of Jones caliber.
For the Chiefs, their priority remains extending Jones and keeping him in Kansas City, but the business side of football may force them to move on. If they do decide to part ways with him, a deal like this would likely be what they would look for, whether it be from Seattle or elsewhere.
The Chiefs and Jones have until July 15 to sign a long-term deal before the 2020 season. Jones has yet to officially sign the franchise tag.