Why am I writing about Chris Jones? Because Stone Cold said so, that’s why.
Chris Jones is one of everyone’s favorite Chiefs! That’s pretty universal to say, and not even one of those statements where you have to use the addendum–in my opinion–to calm everyone’s Internet angst. But is he a fan favorite right now? Now that it’s been reported that he’s not going to attend mandatory mini-camp? Maybe, maybe not. Maybe now, he’s everyone’s favorite worry. Why?
Stone Cold… wait, I already used that. It’s because everyone typically worries when a star player doesn’t attend anything. OTA’s, mini-camp, training camp, preseason, game 1, game 16, the Playoffs, the National Anthem, your baby boys bar mitzvah… anything! Which is why it’s time for the Chris Jones edition of Blinders On, Blinders Off. With the subject being simple: Should we worry about Chris Jones’ absence and lack of long-term contract from the Kansas City Chiefs?
I absolutely love Chris Jones. There’s definitely bias in my opinion about him. I love the way he plays. I love the way he uses his Twitter account. I love the way he slams Gatorade like The Texas Rattlesnake himself. I love the way he pumps up the sea of red during home games at Arrowhead. I love his constant energy and dancing. I love the way he blows up offensive lines and makes plays. I can write 95 more things that I love about number 95 easily.
Chris Jones is elite. In just three seasons of play, the 6-6, 310 lb swinging d*** out of Mississipi State has been ridiculously dominant. Especially, last season. But overall, Stone Cold Jones has racked up 24 sacks, 100 total tackles, 29 tackles for loss, 52 quarterback hits, 16 passes defended, forced six fumbles, intercepted two passes and scored one TOUCHDOWN, Kansas City!!! All of that was in 48 games!
But did you know that Chris Jones only started 29 games? I consider myself a die-hard Chiefs fan, and I thought that he had started way more games than that. I guess I need to throw a few Hail Mary’s to the football Gods to be forgiven for that abomination of lack of knowledge. The point is, Chris Jones has missed some starts. It’s okay if he misses some practices and takes some time out to get the right contract done. Every star NFL player goes through the same thing. Almost every player has an NFL agent. And likely, every agent tells players the same thing: Hold out!
It’s a players bargaining chip. Is it positive? No. Does it make fans not worry? No. Does it matter? Yes!
Does it matter to the extent that fans worry about it? No. It’s not shocking. It’s not a surprise. It’s not breaking news. It’s just an aspect of football that is known and irritating. Being frustrated, surprised and mad about a player’s contract situation is akin to watching Friday the 13th part 13 and being shocked and dismayed that Jason is killing again.
Chris Jones will be a Chief. He’s tweeting about winning the Super Bowl and having his best season. Who cares if he is not in mini-camp? He just watched a Seahawk get $104 million dollar contract to become a Kansas City Chief! If you were the best at what you do and they signed someone to a contract that was 16.69 times the amount of your entire contract. You wouldn’t want a raise? You wouldn’t holdout? You wouldn’t feel a little under appreciated? I’ve lost my mind over co-workers making a few more bucks an hour than me. Frank Clark has a contract that is worth $97,768,771 more than the life of Chris Jones rookie contract.
Chris Jones will be a Chief. Have a little patience with a side of perspective. Support one of our best players instead of being mad and worried. This guy wants to help us a win a Super Bowl. And I don’t know about the rest of you. But I for one, believe he means it!
Chris Jones was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs. You remember? I remember! It was in 2015. He was picked number 37 overall in the second round. He was excited to be in the NFL. He was ecstatic to sign his contract for the red and gold. ECSTATIC! About what? About his first NFL contract. For how many years? Four. He’s played three seasons! What’s 4-3? No, not his new defense that he’s missing by not attending OTA’s and mini-camp. 4 minus 3 is 1 so 4-3=1!
That means that Chris Jones agreed to play for the Kansas City Chiefs for four years and still has one year left on his deal. What the Andy Heck is the problem Chris? You know what Stone Cold would say? Stone Cold would say get your ass to practice! And that’s the bottom line, because Stone Cold said so! You agreed to a deal. You follow up on that deal. Simple. No argument. That’s the agreement. It’s not hard. Show up. The number one ability in sports is availability Chris! You are not available. Chug some gatorade with both fists and get your behind to practice, because you’re behind. The Chiefs need you. The new defensive coaches need to see your skills. The rookies like Khalen Saunders need to see your incredible work ethic. Frank Clark and the Honey Badger need to see your energy in practice and they need to build off that.
Who cares if they make more money? You’ll get your contract. A brand new one. And you’ll get it just as soon as you finish this one. You say online you want the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl? Well the Chiefs need you Chris Jones. And they need you there now–at your current price tag. Win the Super Bowl. Get a new contract or franchise tag after you make that happen and make Frank Clark’s contract look a bargain bin deal.
What’s so hard about that? Do your job Chris Jones. Get to mini-camp. Mandatory doesn’t mean don’t show up. Mandatory means: Required by a law or rule, OBLIGATORY ~ MANDATORY. We know you want money Chris. We know you deserve money Chris. But look at your buddy, Bell. He missed the Steelers’ entire season. You really want to miss the whole entire season Chris? The season where the Chiefs seemed destined for the Super Bowl with you leading the defense on the way there. You really want to miss that opportunity Chris Jones?
Because why? Money? I thought you wanted to win. Guess not. I guess Stone Cold’s words are a little Luke warm. Is your agents name Luke by any chance? Because you’re totally Vader’ing Mahomes’ hand off by having these financial ‘star’ wars with the Chiefs. Get to camp!
Wow! Holy confliction, Batman. Which approach is right? Which approach is left? That was a lot of words, both positive and negative. What does that mean for Chiefs fans? It means that it’s complicated like crappy Facebook relationships. It’s public like that too. For the whole world to see if they so choose. But here’s a secret. Not even everyone in Chiefs Kingdom cares.
Online at Arrowhead Guys, and online in places like Twitter and Facebook, Chiefs die-hard social media users care. However, there’s this crazy thing called Summertime going on and many fans that pile into Arrowhead 80,000 strong just don’t care or know about the Chris Jones situation. Does that mean online fans shouldn’t care? Does that mean I should stop clicking this keyboard right now? No.
It does mean that things will play out whether fans worry or have hope about Chris Jones. His agency and the Chiefs will figure out a solution. And meanwhile, some of the Chiefs younger players will get some extra opportunity to show what they can do while Chris Jones is not with the team. That’s not a bad thing.
Pick a side, hopeful or angry, but realize, the Chiefs season isn’t going to be cancelled because Chris Jones isn’t there. It will still happen. Chris Jones wants to be there and wants to win a Super Bowl as much as any of us.
In my crazy delusional mind, I genuinely believe Chris Jones and the Chiefs will reach a big time deal. Will it be today, tomorrow, next month or next year? I don’t know. What I do know is that eventually Chris Jones will be there and he’ll be the face of the Chiefs defense as they seek a second notch in their Super Bowl bedpost, just like I put a second notch in my Blinders On, Blinders Off posting with this topic.
Keep dreaming about the Super Bowl everyone, and just believe eventually Chris Jones will be there to lead the way. Just like he said he would do. Why?
Because Stone Cold said so!