Chiefs' Chris Jones attends season opener despite holdout
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones watched the team's season opener from a suite due to his ongoing contract holdout. Jones had 15.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits last season and is hoping for a contract closer to Aaron Donald's $31.7 million per-season number.
Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones had a unique experience during the team's season opener at Arrowhead Stadium. Despite his ongoing holdout for a contract extension, Jones was present for the game, but he watched it from a suite rather than being on the field.
The Chiefs were aware of Jones' presence in the stadium and had no objections to him watching from a box, as reported by NFL Network correspondent James Palmer. In fact, during the first quarter of the game, Jones was even spotted by the NBC broadcast in the crowd.
However, the Chiefs are undoubtedly feeling the absence of Jones on the field. With his holdout, there is a significant void in their defensive lineup. Last season, Jones recorded an impressive 15.5 sacks and 29 quarterback hits, earning him All-Pro honors. It's no wonder he is seeking a contract closer to Aaron Donald's massive $31.7 million per-season figure.
Unfortunately, negotiations between Jones and the Chiefs have yet to yield a deal. Currently in the final year of his contract, Jones is set to earn a base salary of $19.5 million. He compared his situation to asking for a raise at a job, stating that it's simply a matter of seeking fair compensation for his contributions.
Despite the holdout, Jones expressed his desire to remain with the Chiefs for the entirety of his career. He has also maintained communication with his teammates throughout this process. While he has been training in Miami, Jones has made sure to stay focused and dedicated to his craft. He understands that this is a process and is committed to being ready to contribute when the time comes.
Overall, Jones' absence on the field is noticeable, and the Chiefs undoubtedly miss his presence. However, negotiations for a contract extension are ongoing, and both sides are working towards a resolution. In the meantime, Jones remains steadfast in his commitment to the team and is eagerly awaiting the opportunity to return to action.