The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off a second Super Bowl title in the Andy Reid era, with the team flying under the radar for most of the season after trading superstar wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.
One thing that Patrick Mahomes and company showed the football world last season is that this team can adjust to losing players like Hill and that things keep moving no matter who’s on the team in Kansas City.
This NFL offseason, the Chiefs find themselves in a similar situation once again, with a star player wanting to get paid with a lucrative long-term contract extension.
Defensive tackle Chris Jones isn’t happy with how contract talks with the Chiefs have gone thus far and has decided not to report to training camp as a result.
Reid has commented on Jones’ absence and the current state of contract negotiations with the four-time All-Pro through The Athletic’s Nate Taylor.
Andy Reid on Chris Jones: “If you’re not here, we move on.”
Reid is confident that Chiefs & Jones will continue to talk and negotiate a contract extension.
—Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) July 23, 2023
With Jones being an important part of the team’s defense, it’s likely Kansas City will try to make something of Jones sooner rather than later, as it’s not easy to replace a player of his caliber at defensive tackle.
That said, it will be interesting to see where the contract talks go from here and if this becomes the biggest story during training camp.
As for the rest of the squad, the Chiefs hope they have enough this season to repeat, but the AFC only got better this summer, which means it won’t be an easy task to win another title this year.
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