Chiefs Star DT Has Been Fined Nearly $2 Million

Chris Jones

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Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has reportedly incurred fines amounting to $1.8 million due to his ongoing holdout, according to Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer.

The situation has escalated as Jones seeks a new contract that aligns with the benchmark set by Los Angeles Rams’ Aaron Donald, whose contract boasts an average annual value of $31.7 million.

Jones, who isn’t on a rookie contract, finds himself in a contractual impasse with the Chiefs. Unlike fines that could potentially be waived for players on rookie contracts, these fines are non-negotiable.

The significant sum accrued thus far underscores the seriousness of the rift between the player and the team. Jones recently said he won’t show up until Week 8 of the 2023 season.

The crux of the issue revolves around the contrasting perspectives on the appropriate compensation for Jones.

While the Chiefs reportedly want to give a contract in line with recent market deals, such as those received by Titans’ Jeffery Simmons ($23.5 million AAV) and Jets’ Quinnen Williams ($24 million AAV) this summer, Jones is seemingly believes that his talent warrants a compensation package more in line with Aaron Donald’s astronomical deal.

The gap between Donald’s colossal contract and the offers on the table for Jones exceeds $7 million per year, according to Breer.

As Jones strives to attain a contract that aligns with his perceived market value, the Chiefs are navigating a delicate balance between retaining a key defensive asset and adhering to their financial strategy.