Kansas City Chiefs superstar defensive tackle Chris Jones earned some nice pocket change during the team’s Week 12 home game against the Los Angeles Rams.
On Sunday, Jones brought down Rams backup quarterback Bryce Perkins (starting in favor of an injured Matthew Stafford) for his 10th sack of the season. As noted by ESPN’s Field Yates, Jones earned a $1.25 million incentive for hitting double-digit sacks.
In the 2020 offseason, Jones agreed to a lucrative four-year contract extension worth $85 million, just months after helping the Chiefs to a Super Bowl 54 championship. Needless to say, he has been worth every single penny of that contract.
The 28-year-old has notched at least 7.5 sacks every year dating back to 2018. With his 10th sack of 2022, Jones has already reached the second-best mark of his career. Jones’ career-best remains 15.5 sacks from the 2018 campaign.
Jones has been by far the most valuable player on Kansas City’s defense in 2022. Fellow Pro Bowl pass rusher missed two games due to suspension, but even he only entered Week 12 with three sacks on the year.
Rookie George Karlaftis was widely expected to be a key contributor in the pass rush department as well, but the Purdue product failed to notch a single takedown in any of his first 10 NFL games. Veteran Carlos Dunlap came into the game against the defending Super Bowl champions with the second-most sacks on the team with four in a limited role.
Most of the attention has gone towards Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City offense, but Jones has certainly done his part in helping Kansas City live up to sky-high expectations at this point. The $1.25 million incentive has been hit. Now we see if the Defensive Player of the Year candidate can help the Chiefs to another Super Bowl.WANT MORE FROM TOTALPROSPORTS? FOLLOW US ON GOOGLE NEWS.