This off-season Chris Jones was franchise tagged by the Chiefs. Jones is now threatening to hold out if an extension is not reached. This is the time for the Seahawks to pounce and make a trade.
Chris Jones is one of the best defensive tackles in the NFL. He is a true game-changer when on the field. He plays the run. He plays the pass. He can truly do it all and on an elite scale. So, what is causing the hang up on Jones contract talks, especially with the Seahawks?
Chris Jones has reportedly been seeking a contract north of $20 million per year. As it is right now, there are only two other defensive tackles that are in that ballpark. Aaron Donald of the Rams ($22.5 million), and DeForest Buckner of the Colts ($21 million). However, the Chiefs simply don’t see Jones as a $20 million a year player.
Mike Garafolo of NFL.com says:
"“Jones always viewed himself as a $20 million plus per year guy. The Chiefs frankly never did, even before the whole COVID situation. They never viewed him as a $20 million plus guy and thought they could get him below that.”"
I am sure this is partly due to their impending super extension for Patrick Mahomes and already paying Frank Clark north of $20 million per year. Their cap space is getting fuzzy going into the future and it looks like Jones is likely going to be the odd man out in Kansas City.
Hence, Jones took to social media recently stating he may hold out. He threatened to pull a Le’Veon Bell and sit out an entire year. This is where the Seahawks need to be aggressive. They need to jump on this situation and get one of the best defensive players in the NFL on their roster.
Jones is a real difference maker and could be the missing link to the Seahawks pass-rushing issues. Over the last two seasons, Chris Jones has 76 tackles, 27 tackles for a loss, 24.5 sacks, 3 forced fumbles, 9 passes defended and a pressure rate of 11.5%.
Russell Wilson desperately wants to add stars to the roster. They have failed to make much of a splash in that regard. If the Seahawks want to be a serious contender this year, this is the type of move that separates the playoff squads from the Super Bowl teams.