Kansas City Chiefs Defensive Tackle Chris Jones Targeting Massive Extension

The Kansas City Chiefs are on the precipice of becoming victims of their own success. Per the Athletic's Nate Taylor, defensive lineman Chris Jones is angling for an extension that would make him "at least" the second-highest-paid interior defensive lineman in the league.

The highest-paid interior defensive lineman (and non-quarterback) in the league is Los Angeles Rams superstar Aaron Donald, who is currently playing on a three-year, $95 million contract. Jones is about to enter the final year of a four-year, $80 million deal.

Donald is a generational player and a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, but Jones has a very real claim to being the second-best player at their position. He led all interior defensive linemen last year with his 92.0 overall Pro Football Focus grade and earned a first-team All-Pro while tallying 15.5 sacks. He's also a four-time Pro Bowler and two-time Super Bowl champion.

The Chiefs have several players worthy of top-of-the-market deals this offseason and are presently $3.5 million above the 2023 salary cap, according to overthecap. They shocked the NFL by trading away Tyreek Hill last offseason due to cap constraints and his demands for a new deal; they may have another hard decision ahead of them.

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