Kansas City Chiefs need to extend Chris Jones before 2020 season

Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs exchanges words with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images)
Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs exchanges words with Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots (Photo by Kathryn Riley/Getty Images) /

Chris Jones has threatened to not play in 2020 if he’s not paid the amount of money he thinks he’s due. That’s why the Kansas City Chiefs need to extend him prior to the regular season opener against the Texans.

Kristopher Knox of Bleacher Report made a list of one move every NFL team should make before the 2020 season kicks off. He said that the Kansas City Chiefs should extend Chris Jones, which wouldn’t be a bad move, but it’s not that simple unfortunately.

Here is part of what Knox said in his blurb about Jones,

"Chris Jones isn’t opposed to continuing his Chiefs career. He just doesn’t want to play on the franchise tag this season.The standout defensive tackle recently responded on Twitter to speculation that a deal short of $20 million per season might not be enough.“Or I won’t play,” Jones tweeted. “[Le’Veon Bell] told me about this.”"

In a perfect world, yes, the Chiefs would re-sign Jones and the organization would go on to win every Super Bowl ever for the rest of time. Unfortunately, that’s not how things play out, especially in a cutthroat business like the NFL.

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Jones is a fantastic player and was absolutely worth the second round selection the Chiefs spent on him in the 2016 NFL Draft. He’s been a game changing defensive tackle for the team and without some of his key passes defensed in the Super Bowl, Kansas City might not be Super Bowl champs right now.

While I’m all for the Chiefs extending Jones, the team just gave Patrick Mahomes a ten-year deal. As unfair as it might be, quarterbacks are what make an NFL team what they are. Jones is a good player, but Mahomes is a franchise-changing player and without him, the Chiefs aren’t the reigning champions.

All of that being said, there’s still a way for the team to keep both players, but it’s going to prevent them from bringing in any big names on the free agent market. Having that much money wrapped up in just two players is never the best decision, but Jones is a big time playmaker on the Chiefs defense.

For the rest of the division, Knox suggested that the Broncos trade Phillip Lindsay, that the Raiders sign Darqueze Dennard, and that the Chargers sign Kelvin Beachum.

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It’d be awesome if the Kansas City Chiefs could keep Chris Jones moving forward and it’d help keep this team a Super Bowl contender, but it’s easier said than done, especially from those on the outside looking in at the Chiefs.