Chris Jones takes a solemn oath to the Chiefs Kingdom

Chris Jones


Kansas City defensive line captain Chris Jones celebrates his playoff win with fans.

After a long list of departures that include Tyreek Hill, Charvarius Ward, Jarran Reed, Byron Pringle, Demarcus Robinson, Anthony Hitchens and most likely Tyrann Mathieu among others, it’s easy to feel a bit of a shock during the season. this award.

Having said that, the Kansas City Chiefs still has its massive core intact — something other NFL franchises have been trying to build for the better over the past two decades.

It includes Andy Reid, Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, Orlando Brown Jr., and promising young people rising through the ranks like Creed Humphrey and Nick Bolton. Those sturdy pillars in inseparable positions will withstand any potential storms in the future, and one need only solemnly swear to the Chiefs Kingdom.

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Jones scares fans before spreading sighs of relief

In the midst of all this revenue, the Chiefs’ superstar game-destroyer on the defensive side has done what he does best – besides terrorizing opposing quarterbacks – connecting with the fan base. tomb.

On March 29, Jones sent two tweets within two minutes of each other. First reading: “Love you KC.”

This led to some immediate speculation from fans as to whether the key defender heralded his departure. One person wrote: “What’s going on with the chiefs? You better not leave. I’m not a fan of the fun Chiefs right now. “

Another person joins: “Please don’t do this means you are being traded.” And one more even admitted it: “The way this season has been for the Chiefs, tweets like this can be nerve-racking.”

Moments later, Jones seemed to quickly realize that he had confused a large portion of the fan base and clarify: “I’m here for the rest of my life.”

Thank you Chris, everyone in the Chiefs Kingdom can breathe again!

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Is this tweet more than pleasing to the eye?

The initial assumption may have had negative connotations, but is this cryptic tweet from Jones really meant to be positive?

According to Over the Cap, the D-lineman is in a hurry to have a contract until the end of 2023, but has an explicit “departure” clause after 2022. Assuming the Chiefs cut Jones into the next season, they will save get a 20 million dollar space limit in the process.

No one is saying that general manager Brett Veach should consider this. The point is that Jones’ current deal is approaching the territory of uncertainty we just experienced with Hill, and much of that anxiety can be resolved by a contract extension or restructuring. potential. Both would allow Kansas City to drop the superstar’s $29,415 million cap in 2022 while providing Jones with extra long-term security. Mutually beneficial.

It will also vibrate with the story that Jones will be “here for life.”

To clarify, the restructuring will only increase the likelihood of Jones continuing with the franchise until 2023 – honoring the terms of his original transaction for a more secure amount now . The renewal will obviously last for many years and more financially than that.

Of course, it’s possible Jones was just trying to cheer for any fans who might be feeling down. This is the same guy who scooped up a beer in the front row of Arrowhead Stadium after the Captain beat the Buffalo Bills in a wild after-season thriller this January.

Jones is a crowd pleaser – in many ways – and whatever happens to his contract in the future, the Chiefs Kingdom is happy to have him in 2022.

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