The Kansas City Chiefs are still basking in the glory of their first Super Bowl title since 1969, but not everything is hunky dory with the franchise.
Defensive lineman Chris Jones was given the franchise tag but he hasn’t signed it yet. The Chiefs only have until July 15th to sign him to a long-term extension this year. Jones is clearly putting pressure on the team with the following Tweet from his account regarding his status.
“Or I won’t play. @LeVeonBell told me about this”.
One interesting part of this quote is LeVeon Bell ended up making a bad decision when he sat out the 2018 season for Pittsburgh. He would have made $14.5 Million via the franchise tag. The Steelers ended up letting Bell go the following season, and he signed a 4-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets. However, Bell will not likely play out that entire contract and will not recoup the $14.5 Million he lost from sitting out.
Jones had 15.5 sacks last year and is one of the best defensive linemen in the league. He has to be annoyed that Kansas City gave defensive end Frank Clark a huge deal after acquiring him from Seattle before the beginning of last season.
Chiefs are favored to win the Super Bowl
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The AFC is not as deep as the NFC and Kansas City has a great chance to get back to the Big Dance as long as quarterback Patrick Mahomes stays healthy.
However, no team has repeated since New England in the 2004 season. One of the reasons is that players expect to be paid handsomely after winning it all. Jones is just the latest example.