Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones held out for weeks because he wanted a new deal. The Chiefs’ defensive star signed a new one-year contract with the team Monday after sitting out and missing on regular season game.
The new deal didn’t add any additional years to Jones’ contract, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, so he’s still in the last year of his contract.
There are also a couple of other things to note about his deal and how he came out far worse with his holdout not accomplishing anything but getting him back on the field.
Andrew Brandt stated Jones has $1 million less than before, he has a ton of incentives, and he does not have any new money in this dal, just incentives.
Jones was in the final year of his four-year, $80 million contract that he signed in 2020. He was originally set to make $20 million this season but racked up more than $2 million in fines.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport said Jones’ $19.5 million base salary remains the same, but a successful season means the Chiefs’ defensive star can make even more.
Here are Jones’ contract incentives, per Rapoport:
- $1 million for 35% playing time
- $1 million for 50% playing time
- $1.25 million for 10 sacks
- Another $500K for 15 sacks
- $1 million for first-team All-Pro and Super Bowl LVIII appearance
- $2 million for Defensive Player of the Year and Super Bowl LVIII win
Under the new deal, the Chiefs still have the ability to franchise tag Jones after this season. Should they choose to, it would cost them $32.4 million in 2024.
Jones held out all offseason, seeking a new contract that pushed his pay closer to Aaron Donald’s $31.66 million-per-year average, but he failed to do so as the Chiefs successfully called his bluff.
The all-world DT is now back ahead of Sunday’s trip to Jacksonville as the Chiefs look to avoid going more than one game under .500 for the first time in the Patrick Mahomes era.
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