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  • Writer's pictureMike Buck

Chris Jones hints at sitting out until Week 8

Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones is posting on social media and indicating that his holdout might continue into the middle of the 2023 regular season. Jones posted a picture this week with a sign that read, "If it's out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind also," and followed it up with a post reading "Week 8," suggesting that he might be willing to sit out until the near midpoint of the season. Jones has been at odds with the team over his contract, and though the Chiefs have acknowledged that he deserves a big contract, no resolution has been reached.

If Jones sits out until Week 8, he would forfeit his prorated salary and possibly jeopardize his status as a free agent next spring. The cost for skipping training camp is $50,000 per day, and skipping the first seven regular-season games would cost Jones approximately $7.6 million.

Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said there has been no communication between Jones and the team, leaving the situation unresolved. Skipping the first half of the season would be costly for the team, as Jones is a vital part of the organization and played a significant role in their Super Bowl victory in 2020.

This offseason, four top-tier defensive tackles signed four-year contract extensions that surpassed Jones' current deal. The Chiefs have said they have no intention of trading Jones, but they may have to reconsider their stance if the situation remains unresolved.

Jones' holdout is a significant concern for the Chiefs, who are vying for their third Lombardi Trophy in five years. Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said he understands why Jones is holding out, but he is hopeful that Jones will return soon. Jones' absence would be a tough blow for the team, especially in an AFC field that is filled with strong contenders.

As the regular season approaches, the Chiefs will need to find a way to resolve the situation with Jones, as his absence would be felt on and off the field. For now, fans and analysts will be keeping a close eye on the situation to see how it plays out.


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