After an otherwise unremarkable day, Chris Jones set KC Chiefs Twitter ablaze Tuesday night after a tweet eluded to him not playing this season if he is not offered a $20 million per year contract extension.
The twitter comments ranged anywhere from “bye Felicia” to “pay the man” and everything in between. It seemed like every Kansas City Chiefs fan was fired up in one way or another had something to say.
After spending a while discussing the now-famous tweet with a few fellow Chiefs fans, I have determined what seems to be the perfect way to handle the June 30th Chris Jones saga.
First, I would like to state that I am genuinely appreciative of Chris Jones and what he has done in KC up to this point, especially this past Super Bowl-winning season. People are quick to forget that without Jones’ three fourth-quarter batted passes in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs probably don’t win.
For this, Chiefs Kingdom is forever debted to him.
It is also worth noting that Chris Jones is for sure worth every penny he is asking for so that is not at all what this post is about, but just because he’s worth it doesn’t mean the Chiefs are the team that should pay him. Just ask the Rams how paying Aaron Donald an average annual salary of $22 million per year is working out for them (I know, probably has more to do with Jared Goff, but still a semi-valid comparison).
So again, yes Jones does deserve $20 million per year, but that is a lot of cheddar to shell out to a defensive tackle (even for a dang good one), which is why the Chiefs may be smart to let another team be the ones to pay Jones.
It is hard to give that much money to Jones with Frank Clark already making $20 million-plus per season and Patrick Mahomes‘ monstrous extension looming, not to mention all of the cap uncertainties that come along with COVID-19.
From the outside looking in, this looks like a player who deserves a big extension who isn’t willing to play without one and a team who probably can’t/shouldn’t pay him that money. Now, a lot can change between now and the July 15th deadline, but for now, here is what Brett Veach and the Chiefs should to best maneuver this situation.