Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones has not reported for the start of offseason training activities (OTAs), according to friend-of-the-site Terez Paylor of Yahoo! Sports.
As expected, Chiefs DT Chris Jones has not reported for the start of OTAs this week, per a source.— Terez A. Paylor (@TerezPaylor) May 21, 2019
As I alluded to in our OTAs primer posted Tuesday morning, this is no surprise. Paylor reported back on May 1 that Jones had been absent since offseason workouts began on April 15.
Jones checked in from his official Twitter account shortly after Paylor’s tweet, and he was geotagged in Miami Beach, Florida.
Chris Jones just wants to start his ’19 season in the same place it’s going to end. https://t.co/qGz0J61WwI— Arrowhead Pride (@ArrowheadPride) May 21, 2019
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid last spoke about Jones on April 15.
“The one neat thing that Chris (Jones) did last year was move around a little bit, which I think will help him, because he can play outside, or he can play inside,” he said of Jones fitting in Steve Spagunuolo’s new 4-3 defense. “I think he is going to be OK there. It was 70 or 75 percent of the time he was asked to do that four-man front. I think he will be OK.”
As it stands, Jones is due to make a $1.19 million base salary in 2019, according to Over the Cap. Jones is eligible for the first contract extension of his career this offseason, one that projects to somewhere between $18 million and $22 million a year.
Reid is scheduled to speak to media members on Thursday, the third day of OTAs, but he has historically avoided commenting on missing players by citing the workouts being labeled as voluntary.
Jones had 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits, 40 tackles (35 solo), five passes defensed, two forced fumbles and one interception for a touchdown in 2018.
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