With 20 out of 22 starters re-signed from the Super Bowl roster, the Chiefs looked set for another Super Bowl run. One key player that will be vital in making that run is Defensive End, Chris Jones. Let’s break down what it’s going to take in order for the Kansas City Chiefs to retain one of their star defensive players and the Chiefs offseason.
The Chiefs front office will take their time evaluating what is best for the team going forward. If the Chiefs would like to retain Chris Jones, then they will need to makes some moves to create cap space. But if the Chiefs want to move on from Jones, then it is likely that they will wait until the Draft to do so. The reason why is because it will give the Chiefs more time to negotiate with other NFL teams. However I do not see the Chiefs trading Chris Jones away. Instead the Chiefs should make the appropriate moves necessary to ensure a long term deal gets done.
Jones has stated that he would like a deal done similar to Los Angeles Rams Defensive Tackle, Aaron Donald. (Six Years, $135 Million) with an average salary of $22.5 Million a season. With the Chiefs still looking for a long term deal with Quarterback, Patrick Mahomes it is not likely that Jones will receive he same exact deal as Donald, but possibly close.
The Chiefs will need to make some moves first in order to gain more cap room so that they can sign Mahomes & Jones to a long term deal. The Chiefs have lost free agents such as, Linebacker, Reggie Ragland (Detroit Lions), Cornerback, Kendall Fuller (Washington Redskins), Defensive End, Emmanuel Ogbah (Miami Dolphins), Safety, Jordan Lucas (Chicago Bears), and recently Guard, Stefen Wisniewski (Pittsburgh Steelers). Below are the players the Kansas City Chiefs have retained from the 2020 Super Bowl Roster.
- Defensive Tackle – Mike Pennel – One year, $1 Million
- Fullback – Anthony Sherman – One year, $1.2 Million
- Quarterback – Chad Henne – Two years, $3.2 Million
- Wide Receiver – Demarcus Robinson – One year, $2.3 Million
- Wide Receiver – Sammy Watkins – One year, $9 Million
- Cornerback – Bashaud Breeland – One year, $4.5 Million
Here are the players the Chiefs have signed from other teams in free agency:
- Offensive Lineman – Mike Remmers – One year, $1.2 Million
- Cornerback – Antonio Hamilton – One year, $1 Million
- Quarterback – Jordan Taamu – One year, $680,000
- Tight end – Ricky Seals-Jones – One year, $ TBD
- Running back – DeAndre Washington – One year, $ TBD
The Kansas City Chiefs have clearly been busy so far this off-season. One of the biggest priorities for this team is to retain as much talent from last seasons team. In order to do that, they have re-signed key free agents while acquiring new talent at a discount.
Heading into the draft
Before the Kansas City Chiefs can bring back Chris jones on a long term deal, they will have to clear salary space through a trade. For example, I see the Chiefs moving a player as we inch closer to the 2020 NFL Draft on April, 23rd. In return for whoever the Chiefs decide to trade, they will most likely be looking to gain additional draft picks, as the Chiefs only have five picks in this years’ draft.
- Round 1: pick #32
- Round 2: pick #63. They acquired this pick from San Francisco.
- Round 3: pick #96
- Round 4: pick #138
- Despite not having sixth or seventh round picks, the Chiefs do have the 177th pick in round five.
Expect the Chiefs to make a trade leading up to the draft and possibly even during the draft. If the Chiefs do make a trade or multiple, they will have enough cap space to sign Defensive End, Chris Jones. Jones may not get exactly what Aaron Donald was paid (Six years, $135 Million), but possibly around (Six years, $110 Million) which would earn Jones an average of $18.3 Million a season. In order for a deal like that to happen the Kansas City Chiefs will have to make the right trade/trades to clear up cap space. Either way the Chiefs have some work to do, and it should be fun how it all plays out.
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