KC Chiefs News: Keeping Chris Jones priority says Brett Veach

KC Chiefs news consists of what the team will decide to do with Chris Jones next season. General manager Brett Veach says keeping him in Kansas City is a “priority”.

The biggest storylines this offseason for the Kansas City Chiefs are going to be what happens with Chris Jones and what kind of contract Patrick Mahomes ends up getting from the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.

For now, we’ll stick with the Jones storyline.

Fans love Chris Jones and why wouldn’t they? Since the day the Chiefs drafted him, he’s had an energy unlike anyone else in the league. He was dancing and having a blast when he found out he’d be a Chief and he responded by becoming one of the best defensive tackles in the league.

Well, with talent comes large impending contracts and the Chiefs are going to have to pony up a lot of dough to keep Jones in Kansas City. GM Brett Veach spoke to the media on Tuesday, however, and said that Jones is a priority this offseason.

On the one hand, Jones is a talented player and can change the direction of games.

On the other hand, he’s going to command a lot of money and the Chiefs are already going to tie up a lot of funds in extending their franchise quarterback. They also prepared for potentially losing Jones by drafting Khalen Saunders, who probably won’t be as good as Jones, but could hopefully serve as a decent replacement. Maybe.

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There are free agents everywhere, a quarterback due a massive extension, and questions about what to do with Chris Jones – the young star defensive lineman. Can the acquisition of draft picks help soften the blow of a departure of the lineman in this scenario?

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While the Chiefs would likely love to keep the centerpiece of their defensive front, having $16.5 million in projected cap space could make it difficult—the contract Atlanta Falcons defensive tackle Grady Jarrett signed last offseason is worth $17 million annually.

Obviously the end game here is to make sure the Kansas City Chiefs can continue vying for Super Bowl titles and managing the cap is crucial in doing that. Signing Jones sounds great, but with Mahomes also due for an extension (and deservedly so), there might not be a lot of money remaining to keep Jones full happy.

Although Jones appears to want to stay with the Chiefs, money talks and if it’s going to break the bank to keep him, then it isn’t worth it. This team needs to have cash if they want to add someone else in free agency, as we saw that was pivotal in them getting to and winning the Super Bowl this year.

What are your thoughts on the Chris Jones contract situation?

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