KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones landed the long-term extension he had sought for nearly 18 months, agreeing to terms with the club on a four-year contract reportedly worth up to $85 million.
The deal includes $60 million guaranteed for injury, according to a source. A total of $37 million is guaranteed at signing.
The deal came one day before the league’s July 15 deadline for franchise designated players. If the Chiefs and Jones didn’t come to terms on a long-term contract before 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jones would only be able to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag for $16.1 million.
The news comes one week after the Chiefs reached terms on a 10-year, $450 million extension with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. General manager Brett Veach said last week the deal with Mahomes allowed the Chiefs flexibility when it came to
“When you have structure and stability, that we believe ultimately leads to success and this contract the way it’s laid out, it just allows for us to have a definitive working number to work from every year,” Veach said. “And within this contract we can do certain things to create cap space, but now we’re dealing with something that we know as opposed to the unknown, which is never a good scenario for a team to encounter during an offseason.”