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Chiefs DT Chris Jones Not Expected to Be at Minicamp Amid Contract Dispute

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Chris Jones #95 of the Kansas City Chiefs celebrates in the second half against the New England Patriots during the AFC Championship Game at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)
AFC Championship - New England Patriots v Kansas City Chiefs | Jamie Squire

Stop us if you've heard this before, but an NFL player is expected to hold out of minicamp as he desires a new and improved contract.

Per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones will not be present for mandatory minicamp, which begins on Tuesday, and will take on any fines that the franchise sends his way.

The Chiefs drafted Jones out of Mississippi State back in 2016 and proceeded to sign the DT to a four-year, $6.23 million rookie deal months later. That contract is set to expire following the 2019 season, and the now-24-year-old is seeking a fresh extension.

Jones and Kansas City were reportedly working on a new deal over two months ago, but those talks have stalled, as the two sides could not come to an agreement on a fair salary.

The three-year pro is now subject to fines that could reach close to $90,000. Of course, the Chiefs could waive them, but it remains to be seen if they will do so at this juncture.

Jones is set to earn just $1.2 million in base salary for 2019, and to say that he's grossly underpaid would be a colossal understatement. He's coming off a 15.5-sack season, and has established himself as one of the best interior defensive linemen in the league.

Simply put, the Chiefs would be making a massive miscalculation to nickel-and-dime him.