Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones remains without a contract extension heading into the first week of training camp, and it’s unclear if he plans to report without a new deal agreed upon.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid provided no clear update on the situation during his press conference on Tuesday when asked if Jones will be at camp when veterans report on Saturday.
“I don’t know that. I’ll have to just see how that goes,” Reid said, per ProFootballTalk’s Myles Simmons. “I mean, there’s communication going on. That’s the important part. And we just have to see.”
The Chiefs reportedly hope a deal can be reached by July 22nd, which is when training camp will begin.
Jones is entering the final year of his contract and he has a $28.3 million cap hit.
The 29-year-old is coming off one of his best seasons in the NFL as he posted 15.5 sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, 44 tackles, 17 tackles for loss and 29 quarterback hits in 17 games.
Jones went on to finish third in Defensive Player of the Year voting and earned his fourth straight Pro Bowl selection.
It goes without saying how important he is to the team.
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