- Chris Jones might not play in the season opener against the Detroit Lions.
- His absence is due to unresolved contract negotiations.
- The Chiefs’ defensive efficiency significantly drops without Jones.
- The team faces added pressure to perform in the upcoming match and the entire season.
Kansas City, MO – Tensions rise as the Kansas City Chiefs approach their season opener without their best defensive player, four-time All-Pro Chris Jones. Reports indicate that Jones will likely remain off-field for the Chiefs’ crucial match against the Detroit Lions on Thursday night NFL.
Jones’ absence comes amid ongoing contract negotiations as he seeks a long-term deal. While Jones is in the final year of his four-year, $80 million agreement, he’s been amassing significant fines for missing offseason workouts, training camps, and all three preseason games. Missing regular-season games would cost him approximately $1.1 million for each game.
The standout defensive tackle’s absence will have ripple effects on the Chiefs’ defensive strategy. Historically, the team experienced declining QB pressure rates without Jones in 2022. This added pressure might hinder the Chiefs’ aspirations of bagging back-to-back Super Bowls, especially given the formidable quarterbacks in the AFC.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid expressed his focus on the team’s preparations, “We had 90 guys in the offseason… and now we’re getting ready to play a game. That’s how I go about it.” The Chief’s secondary will face added pressure without Jones, making it vital for the team’s other players to step up and fill the void.