Keeping together a Super Bowl roster is one of the toughest challenges that general managers have to face, but it seems like the Kansas City Chiefs are up to the task. While they'll eventually talk shop with Patrick Mahomes, the current priority is figuring out a deal with Chris Jones.
The Chiefs aren't known for having a strong defense, but Jones has developed into one of the best defensive players in the NFL. Over the past two seasons, the former second-round pick has totaled 76 tackles and 24.5 sacks.
Jones would receive interest from plenty of teams if he were to reach the open market. However, it doesn't sound like he'll get the chance to test his value in the offseason.
According to NFL Network insider Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs are going to use the franchise tag on Jones. They believe he'll be a big part of their long-term plans moving forward and want to get a deal done in the near future.
Kansas City will have to shed salary to offer Chris Jones a major deal. He has plenty of leverage when it comes to contract negotiations. He's an elite defensive lineman that could receive $20 million per season when it's all said and done. Since the window to apply the franchise tag officially opens today, it'll be interesting to see which teams keep their top players from hitting the open market. [
The #Chiefs are going to franchise tag star DL Chris Jones, sources say. Not a surprise, but Kansas City views him in their long-term plans and hopes to get a deal done at some point. The window opens officially today.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) February 27, 2020