All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to terms on a one-year deal, ending his holdout, the Katz Brothers (Jones’s agents) confirmed to Fox News Digital.
Jones reached an agreement to have “multiple incentives” attached to the final year of his contract with the team, which are expected to have him “earn considerably more money this season,” per ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
With no long-term deal agreed upon, Jones is still set to be a free agent after this season.
Jones was set to make $20 million this season as the final year of his four-year, $80 million pact with the Chiefs.
He’s been stern with his belief that he deserves more money entering the final year on his deal with the Chiefs, which led to holding out all of training camp and the team’s Week 1 loss to the Detroit Lions on Thursday night.
Jones was in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium to watch his team fall without him or star tight end Travis Kelce, who suffered a knee injury two days prior to the game, on the field.
Jones is coming off a first-team All-Pro designation for the first time in his career after previously being named second-team All-Pro three times as well as being selected to the Pro Bowl in four straight seasons with Kansas City.
With defensive tackles around the league getting paid massive long-term extensions — including the New York Jets’ Quinnen Williams, the New York Giants’ Dexter Lawrence and the Tennessee Titans’ Jeffrey Simmons — Jones, who recorded 15.5 sacks in 2022, wanted the same treatment.
Jones sat out all of training camp and even went on social media to say that he wouldn’t mind holding out until Week 8 of the regular season, adding, “I can afford it” when a fan posted, “That’d be a hefty tab.” It would’ve been a total of $1.1 million in game checks if Jones did hold out that long, and he was subjected to $50,000 in fines for each day of training camp missed.
His Chiefs teammates have wanted him back in the building, though, as Kelce said on his “New Heights” podcast, “Chris, can you please come back? You’re really scaring me.”
“You must know something that I don’t know because I just don’t get it,” Kelce added last week. “I really want to get another Super Bowl ring with you, brother. This is me bargaining you to just come back and play football for the Chiefs. Please, we need you. We need you bad.”
Kelce added that he believed Jones was “the best defensive player in the league right now,” and that he deserved all the money in the world.
Jones, a product of Mississippi State, still has an unknown future in Kansas City, but that can wait for another year. The Chiefs are certainly happy he is back in the building and on the field to help their team gun for another Super Bowl title.