Kansas City Chiefs confirm huge $95m contract for DT Chris Jones

The Kansas City Chiefs have officially confirmed Chris Jones’ new five-year contract with the team, with the All-Pro defensive tackle set to receive $95million in guaranteed money.

Jones missed the Chiefs’ first regular-season game of 2023 – against the Detroit Lions – after skipping training camp as talks over a new long-term deal stalled last year.

He eventually agreed to a revised one-year deal for the 2023 campaign, which ended with Patrick Mahomes and company winning a second straight championship, recording a dramatic overtime success over the San Francisco 49ers at Super Bowl LVIII.

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Jones managed 10.5 sacks last season, being named in the first-team All-Pro selection before going on to clinch his third championship ring.

The Chiefs had prioritised agreeing a new deal with Jones ahead of free agency, and reports on Sunday claimed he was set to sign a record-breaking contract with the franchise.

The team made it official on Monday, and the deal reportedly makes him the highest-paid defensive tackle in NFL history based on his annual salary, which surpasses those of Nick Bosa ($35m), Aaron Donald ($31.6m) and T.J. Watt ($28m).

Last week, the Chiefs used the non-exclusive franchise tag on cornerback L’Jarius Sneed, who they reportedly remain open to trading, while they have also re-signed Drue Tranquill to a three-year, $19m deal.

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