Kansas City Chiefs

Chiefs pick up the option on DT Chris Jones’ contract

The Kansas City Chiefs offseason is underway with a flurry of moves already handled by general manager Brett Beach. The start of free agency looms with several players from the Super Bowl-winning roster in jeopardy of moving to a different team.

According to NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs have picked up Chris Jones’ option to retain his rights. The All-Pro can still enter free agency, but the Chiefs have the opportunity to use their franchise tag option if necessary.

“Sources: The Chiefs have picked up the option on All-Pro DT Chris Jones’ contract, retaining the right to franchise tag him and paying him $4.25M he earned in incentives.” posted Rapoport on his X account. “It was more timing than anything, as Jones was due the money, regardless. If not tagged, he’ll be free.”

Jones went through a battle last off-season regarding his contract, eventually missing training camp and Week 1 of the regular season with a holdout. He would continue to be one of the best defensive linemen in football, earning first-team All-Pro honors. His 10.5 sacks were a catalyst for the Chiefs’ defense becoming one of the best units in the league.

Jones will still demand a significant pay raise this offseason as the option pick-up was an incentive formality heading into free agency. He was vocal about staying in Kansas City during Wednesday’s parade, but negotiations with the front office over the next few weeks could make it a reality.

Chiefs Wire USA Today