Chiefs DL Chris Jones after AFC Championship loss: ‘We’ll be in this position again’
Defensive lineman Chris Jones was a notable absence from the Chiefs’ organized team activities and mandatory minicamp.
Jones, who had 15 1/2 sacks last season, is seeking a new contract, but has one year remaining on his rookie deal. The Star’s Sam Mellinger wrote earlier this month about the negotiations (or lack thereof) between the Chiefs and Jones.
But a long training-camp holdout for Jones seems unlikely, according to former sports agent Joel Corry.
Corry wrote a piece for CBS Sports with the headline “10 players who could get contract extensions before the start of the 2019 season.” In that story, Corry explained why Aug. 6 is an important date for Jones.
“Any training camp holdout by Jones should be relatively brief,” Corry wrote. “A year of service towards free agency (i.e.; an accrued season) isn’t earned when a player doesn’t report to his team at least 30 days prior to NFL’s first regular season game. The reporting deadline this year is Aug. 6.
“Missing this Aug. 6 deadline and Jones playing out his rookie deal after a failed holdout would make him a restricted free agent in 2020, rather than unrestricted. Under this scenario, the Chiefs would have the ability to give Jones a restricted free agent tender, which will be between $4.627 million and $4.848 million, where they would get a first-round pick next year from a team signing him to an offer sheet that isn’t matched.”
The Chiefs’ first full training camp practice in St. Joseph is July 27, which means Jones could miss the first 10 days or so of camp.
But Corry told the Arrowhead Pride podcast he doesn’t expect any holdout to last that long.
“He’s not going to hold out, just because it doesn’t work for him to hold out,” Corry said on the podcast.
Corry added: “I’d be shocked if he held out one day of training camp, just because it doesn’t make sense to do so.”