Jones is entering the final year of his current contract, which pays him $20 million in 2023. He is a two-time Pro Bowler and one of the most dominant interior pass rushers in the league. He was a key contributor to the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory in 2020.
The Chiefs have been reluctant to give Jones a $30 million average annual salary, as they have already committed a lot of money to other players, such as Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce. However, they are also aware that Jones is one of the best players in the NFL, and they don’t want to lose him for nothing in free agency next year.
The two sides are reportedly still talking, but there is no sign of a deal yet. If Jones doesn’t report to training camp soon, he will start to accrue fines. The Chiefs could also trade him, but they would likely have to give up a lot of draft picks to get a fair return.
The Jones holdout is a major distraction for the Chiefs, and it could have a significant impact on their season. The Chiefs are the defending Super Bowl champions, but they will be hard-pressed to repeat without Jones. He is one of the few players on the team who can consistently pressure the quarterback, and his absence would be a major blow to their pass rush.
The Chiefs have two options: they can either pay Jones what he wants, or they can trade him. If they pay him, they will be setting a precedent that could lead to other players demanding big contracts. However, if they don’t pay him, they risk losing him for nothing in free agency next year.