Chiefs Are Playing With Fire With Chris Jones

Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones
Kansas City Chiefs DT Chris Jones | Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

While the Kansas City Chiefs seem incentivized to get quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed to a contract extension as soon as humanly possible, it's been the complete opposite surrounding defensive lineman Chris Jones.

Per NFL insider Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs and Jones haven't held discussions about a long-term deal since he was franchise-tagged back in March. In the meantime, the 25-year-old star will continue his holdout of this offseason's organized team activities.

Anybody know what Kansas City's play is here? To make matters worse, Jones has yet to sign the one-year tender associated with the franchise tag. For his position, it's reported to be worth a little over $16 million for the 2020 season.

The Chiefs alienating the 2019 Pro Bowler is a questionable move when you consider he's their best defensive player. He's proven to be one of the NFL's best pass-rushers since he was selected in the second round (No. 37 overall) of the 2016 Draft.

In 61 career games, Jones has posted 136 tackles, 33 sacks, 72 QB hits, 20 passes defended, seven forced fumbles and two interceptions. For the 2019 season, he earned an eye-popping 86.3 grade from Pro Football Focus.

Playmakers like the Mississippi State product don't come around very often, and he's vital to everything the Chiefs do on defense. Without him, their pass-rush efficiency would plummet and their secondary would suffer the consequences. To say that Kansas City is playing with fire would be an understatement. They need to focus on making the stud lineman happy.