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Chiefs sign defensive tackle Jones to extension

By Sports Desk July 14, 2020

The Kansas City Chiefs and star defensive tackle Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract worth up to $85 million, ESPN reported on Tuesday.  

Jones had been given the team's franchise tag earlier this offseason and would have been paid just over $16million in 2020.  

His new contract replaces his franchise tender and comes just a day before the NFL's deadline to sign franchise players to multi-year deals.  

According to ESPN, the contract includes $60m in guarantees, including $37m paid at signing. Performance and participation bonuses make up $5m in the deal.  

The contract comes just eight days after the reigning champion Chiefs signed Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes to a record 10-year deal worth up to $503m.  

Jones, 26, was a second-round draft pick out of Mississippi State in 2016 and has played in 61 of a possible 64 games since.  

At 6ft 6in and 310 pounds, has proven valuable both against the run and the pass, especially over the last three seasons.  

Jones is one of 13 players to have at least 30 sacks and at least 30 tackles for loss over the last three seasons, regardless of position. He has also forced seven fumbles, knocked down 16 passes and made two interceptions over that span.  

Jones' 2018 season elevated his status as one of the NFL's most disruptive defenders as he tallied 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits and 19 tackles for loss.  

Last season the Chiefs' defense allowed 18.5 points per game with Jones in the line-up and allowed 22.7 points per game when he missed three games with a groin injury.  

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