- Chiefs exploring Chris Jones trade for Super Bowl bid.
- Past moves show a willingness to part with key players.
- Jones’ age prompts trade consideration for draft picks.
- Chicago, and Detroit are potential trade partners; NFC teams minimize playoff clash risk.
In their pursuit of refining the lineup for another shot at Super Bowl glory, the Kansas City Chiefs are actively exploring a multitude of avenues, and this could potentially involve the trade of Chris Jones.
Despite Jones’ popularity and impressive performance as a defensive tackle, the Chiefs demonstrated last year, through the Tyreek Hill situation, that they are willing to part ways with players other than Patrick Mahomes as long as the conditions are favorable.
At 29 years of age, Jones might have already passed his prime, prompting the Chiefs to contemplate the possibility of trading the defensive standout in exchange for a substantial collection of draft picks.
This leads to the question: If the Chiefs opt not to secure Jones with a major contract extension, which teams could emerge as trading partners for the reigning Super Bowl champions?
Chicago and Detroit are possible destinations for Jones
When considering potential destinations for Chris Jones, the Chicago Bears emerge as a notable contender due to their substantial salary cap space in the current and upcoming years.
Moreover, the Bears’ General Manager, Ryan Poles, shared connections with Kansas City and was present at Arrowhead Stadium when Jones was selected in the 2016 draft.
An alternative prospect could be the Detroit Lions, a team aiming for significant progress in the upcoming season, particularly focusing on bolstering their defensive performance.
With a considerable amount of draft assets at their disposal and a relatively limited need for numerous picks in the near future, the Lions might present the Kansas City Chiefs with an enticing offer that could be hard to disregard.
Both Chicago and Detroit are NFC teams, so the Chiefs wouldn’t have to face Jones in the playoffs. However, the Chiefs’ previous decision to trade Hill to the Miami Dolphins despite this consideration indicates that anything remains possible.