On June 16, Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs players received their Super Bowl rings. Chris Jones who didn’t attend the mandatory minicamp was absent from the event as well.
However, Mahomes isn’t worried about his star defensive tackle’s future, as he thinks the situation will get sorted soon. Jones will be an unrestricted free agent after the upcoming season, and both the player and the franchise have been actively involved in negotiations around a new deal. Here’s what Patrick Mahomes said about the situation as per Pete Sweeney of ArrowheadPride.
“It’s part of the business,” Mahomes said, “Chris knows that we love him here. He’s been a part of this team for a long time. He’s one of the main reasons that we’ve had the success that we’ve had; he’s been that leader on the defense. He’s made a lot of big plays in what seem like the biggest moments. And you want those guys on your team.
“That’s just part of it — and that’s what makes this team so great: whenever guys like that have to go handle their business, we let them handle it. When they jump back in the building, we get back right where we left off.”
In 2020, Chris Jones signed a four-year $80 million deal with the Super Bowl champs, and he is coming off arguably the best season of his career. He is still 28 years old, and the player believes he should be among the highest paid at his position. The Chiefs have already lost Frank Clark in free agency to the Denver Broncos, due to which general manager Brett Veach will hope to secure a deal with Jones soon.