Jones is not expected to be at minicamp this week while he seeks out a new contract, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Jones was absent for the voluntary workouts earlier this spring, but his absence from the team's mandatory minicamp shows that the defensive tackle is officially holding out. Jones is entering the final season of his rookie contract and is coming off a stellar 2018 campaign in which he recorded 15.5 sacks.
Jones and the Chiefs are discussing a contract extension to keep him in Kansas City before he hits the free agent market in 2020, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Jones is coming off of a monster 2018 season that saw him total 15.5 sacks, nearly double the 8.5 he'd recorded over his two seasons prior. The defensive lineman is entering his age-25 season in 2019 and could be a quality player for the Chiefs for several years if he signs an extension. It appears to be early on in the extension talks and it may be a while before a final deal is in place.
Jones closed out 2018 with 40 tackles (35 solo), 15.5 sacks, an interception, two forced fumbles and his first career touchdown in 2018. Jones was a solid player in his first two seasons with the Chiefs, but he really proved himself worthy of the second-round selection in 2016 during his third year in the league. Although his streak of 11 straight games with a sack ended in Week 17 against the Raiders, Jones has become a name for which opposing teams need to scheme. Heading into the final year of his rookie contract, Kansas City will almost assuredly make an attempt to lock him into a longer deal this offseason.
Jones had three tackles (two solo) and 2.5 sacks in Thursday's 29-28 loss to the Chargers. Jones extended his sack streak to 10 games and ranks second in the NFL with 14 sacks -- trailing only Aaron Donald at 16.5 sacks -- though Jones has now played one more game than his competitors. The 25-year-old will look to extend his stretch of dominance Week 16 against the evasive Russell Wilson and the Seahawks.
Jones had four tackles (three solo) and a sack in Sunday's 40-33 win over Oakland. Jones extended his sack streak to eight games after not recording a sack through the first four weeks of the season. The 24-year-old has already set a career high with 10 sacks, and also has two forced fumbles and an interception to go with his 30 total tackles.
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