Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has hinted on social media that he’s ready to continue his holdout until Week 8 of the NFL season. He’s willing to sacrifice his weekly game check of around $1.1 million until then, citing his financial ability to do so.
Jones shared his stance on X (formerly known as Twitter), posting a photo of a sign emphasizing the need to free the mind from things beyond one’s control.
It remains unclear whether Jones is genuinely committed to the midseason holdout, using the platform to press for a new contract, or just interacting with fans.
Coach Andy Reid mentioned that there has been no communication with Jones, leaving uncertainty about the future of the star defensive tackle’s holdout.
Quarterback Patrick Mahomes acknowledged that Jones’ holdout has exceeded expectations and expressed respect for his decisions amidst contract negotiations. Mahomes hopes for Jones’ return but acknowledges the complexities of contract talks.
Mahomes assured that the team supports Jones and has maintained contact with him during his absence.
Jones, who signed a four-year, $80 million contract in 2020, is now in the last year of his deal. Reports suggest a significant gap in contract negotiations between Jones and the Chiefs.
Jones is incurring daily fines of $50,000 as a result of his absence during training camp, as per NFL Players’ Association regulations.
Recent extensions for other defensive tackles have set a precedent, with Dexter Lawrence, Daron Payne, Jeffery Simmons, and Quinnen Williams signing substantial deals.
Despite his impressive performance, including tying his career-high of 15.5 sacks last season, Jones currently ranks eighth in terms of average annual salary among defensive tackles. He achieved first-team All-Pro recognition in the past season, solidifying his prowess on the field.