NFL News and Notes: Chiefs DL Chris Jones May Skip 2020 Season

The Kansas City Chiefs have until July 15th to come to terms on a multi-year contract with defensive lineman Chris Jones. Now, via Twitter, Jones has made it clear that if a new deal is not struck in time, he is willing to sit out the entire 2020 season.

A four-year NFL veteran, Jones was selected in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft out of Mississippi State. In 61 career games, all with the Chiefs, he has logged 33 sacks, 37 tackles for loss, 7 forced fumbles, and 2 interceptions, along with a touchdown. In 2019, he was selected to his first Pro-Bowl after logging 9 sacks in 13 games. His best season came in 2018 when he recorded 15.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss.

Jones said in a tweet from his personal account that “Leveon Bell told me about this,” presumably in reference to his hold-out strategy. In an article by back in January, it was said that Jones is seeking an extension in the same neighborhood as the one Aaron Donald signed in 2018.

Donald’s extension was for six years and $135 million, with nearly $87 million guaranteed. In that same article, the publication selected Jones as the most valuable defensive lineman in all of football. 

Richard Sherman Has Words for Patriot’s Deal with Newton

San Francisco 49er’s cornerback Richard Sherman feels strongly about Cam Newton’s contract with the Patriots. In a tweet, the former Legion of Boom member asking rhetorically:

How many former league MVPs have had to sign for the [minimum]? Asking for a friend.

Newton signed a 1-yr, $7.5 million incentive-laden deal with the New England Patriots last week. While Sherman may have a point when you compare salaries to other quarterbacks without Newton’s pedigree, Newton may not be as elite as some may lead you to believe.

Over the last four seasons, Newton is just 23-23, with a completion percentage of under 60% and a rating of 82.6. For comparison, Jameis Winston has a rating of 87.6 over the same timeline, and Derek Carr has a 94.6 rating over the last four seasons. Worse so, over the previous three seasons, Newton’s rating is only 0.1 points better than Mitch Trubisky.

Obviously, rating is not a perfect metric, but just because Newton won the MVP in 2015 doesn’t mean that is where is value is in 2020. Also, surely the incentives included in the deal made it intriguing to Newton, or else he wouldn’t have settled for it.

This is the NFL. Stuff happens. If he sat out into the season and waited for an injury to occur, he may have had more leverage.

As it turns out, he wants to get to work and prove that he still has what it takes to both win games and stay healthy. If he is able to do so, he will cash in during the next offseason.

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