Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones came to terms on a four-year, up-to $85 million contract with the organization this week, but one of the caveats to finally breaking through to get the $20 million per year he had been seeking was not being rewarded with a signing bonus. This was reportedly due to salary-cap reasons tied to the COVID-19 pandemic.
But the Chiefs made up for that, according to a report from NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Reviewing Chris Jones' new contract with the #Chiefs. Despite the fact he didn't get a true signing bonus because of Covid reasons, the team and Jones' agents, the Katz Bros, worked it out so he'd be advanced $1.5 million of his base salary in the coming days.— Mike Garafolo (@MikeGarafolo) July 17, 2020
With no bonus, Jones is expected to make in base salary what he would have made on the franchise tag in 2020 — around $16.1 million. The $1.5 million should hold him over until the game checks begin to roll in.
...not too shabby.
What would you do if $1.5 million hit your bank account this afternoon?