Why is Chris Jones Holding Out?

Chiefs star Chris Jones watches opener vs. Lions in suite amid contract holdout

The Kansas City Chiefs are without their best defensive player Thursday night.

Defensive tackle Chris Jones’ holdout officially trickled into the regular season. 

Jones was spotted in a suite at Arrowhead Stadium to watch his teammates play as he sits out amid his ongoing contract dispute.

Jones, who is in the final year of a four-year, $80 million deal, is seeking a contract extension and has been holding out as he awaits a new deal. He has a base salary of $19.5 million this season.

The four-time Pro Bowler spoke about his holdout to reporters at a Ronald McDonald House of Kansas City charity event on Wednesday.

“Hopefully it gets worked out,” Jones said to reporters. “It's always been my goal to be a Kansas City Chief for life. 

I've said that multiple time on social media platforms, from interviews, and they know where my position is at.”

Jones has already accrued more than $2 million in fines for missing mandatory minicamp and training camp. He’s now set to miss weekly game checks.

The absence of Jones is a big blow to the Chiefs. He’s the star on Kansas City’s defense and played an integral role on the team’s title two tile runs.


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