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Chris Jones, Chiefs Reportedly Don't Have 'Much Traction' on New Contract

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJune 26, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (95) watches during an NFL football game against the Detroit Lions in Detroit, Sunday, Sept. 29, 2019. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
Paul Sancya/Associated Press

The Kansas City Chiefs and star defensive tackle Chris Jones are reportedly not making headway in contract negotiations.  

Per NFL Network's James Palmer, Jones and the Chiefs don't have "much traction toward" a long-term deal right now. 

The Chiefs used their franchise tag to prevent Jones from hitting free agency, but the 2019 Pro Bowler said during a February appearance on The Herd with Colin Cowherd (h/t John Dixon of Arrowhead Pride) he had "a mix of emotions" about the one-year tender. 

"It's like, 'What else y'all want me to do? I've got to go ahead and get 30 sacks—35 sacks—to show y'all I can," he added. 

Palmer did note that Kansas City wants to keep Jones long-term, but the uncertainty around the future salary cap due to the coronavirus pandemic has led to some teams being cautious. 

ESPN's Adam Schefter reported in May (h/t Reuters) that the 2021 salary cap "could be down anywhere $30 million to $80 million" due to potential lost revenue if fans aren't allowed to attend games. 

Jones has established himself as one of the most important players on Kansas City's roster. The 25-year-old has recorded 24.5 sacks and nine pass breakups over the past two seasons combined. 

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