“Pat texted me and reported, ‘Let’s get this factor performed. I remaining some [money] on the table for you.’ Which is when I experienced that safety that me and the Chiefs had been heading to function a little something out,” Jones said Monday.
Jones was proper. The defensive deal with and the Chiefs agreed to a prolonged-expression agreement a handful of times afterwards. The deal could pay back Jones as a lot as $85 million more than the next four several years.
The new agreement will allow Jones, 26, to proceed his occupation with the Chiefs, the team that drafted him in the second round in 2016. It will also enable him to continue his legacy as one particular of the NFL’s leading go rushers. Jones led the Chiefs in sacks in each of the earlier two seasons, with 15.5 in 2018 and nine last calendar year.
“For me, nothing’s transformed,” Jones mentioned. “It truly is continue to about getting the very best I can be. It truly is still about being the sack leader and remaining the defensive participant of the 12 months. I’m normally pushing myself to new heights. … It can be about having a Hall of Fame career, finding a gold jacket.
“If someone informed me, ‘You could just take $20 million or 20 sacks,’ I’d acquire the 20 sacks any working day. That is exactly where my head is, wherever my heart is: having sacks, winning championship rings, having fun, experiencing the system. That’s where I am at right now. I really like sacks with a enthusiasm. I appreciate go hurrying. I could wake up each individual working day and I could go hurry each individual working day. It truly is my passion, it truly is my desire, it is really my intention. It is really the like of my lifestyle.”
For all those explanations, the Chiefs felt relaxed in giving Jones the prolonged-phrase agreement he is extensive desired.
“Around the previous couple decades, Chris has definitely verified to be an elite player at his situation and actually one of the most effective defensive gamers in the National Football League,” general manager Brett Veach explained. “For how substantially he is now completed on the subject, we surely feel he is just scratching the area with his age and talent.”
It took some time for the Chiefs and Jones to get there. Jones held out from offseason exercise past yr in the hope of obtaining a new contract then, even though he noted on time for coaching camp even nevertheless it didn’t transpire.
The sides at first could not attain an arrangement this calendar year, so the Chiefs kept Jones off the totally free-agent marketplace by building him their franchise player. The prolonged-phrase settlement wasn’t achieved until finally previous week. The Chiefs very first had to obvious income-cap area (they at a single point experienced $177 to get the job done with underneath the cap) and then conclude negotiations with Mahomes on his 10-12 months extension, all amid a pandemic.
The Chiefs proceeded gradually with the contracts for Mahomes and Jones simply because of uncertainty with regard to the amounts of future wage caps.
“We absolutely experienced some hurdles to overcome,” Veach explained. “We ended up pushed and decided this entire time. … Our strategy was to do a large amount of the factors that we’ve done this offseason, but suitable at the major of that listing ended up Pat Mahomes and Chris Jones.
“That is why this took some time. We have been just hoping to go by way of all of the situations. We don’t know the place the cap is heading to be, but we have to have options all set and in spot whether it grows [or] stays the same [or] dips. … We have more than enough match-planning in position to defend ourselves and we felt great.”