ST. JOSEPH, Missouri — Defensive tackle Chris Jones did not call in at the start of Kansas City Chiefs training camp and the two teams are “wide apart” in agreeing on a new contract, a source told ESPN’s Adam Schefter on Saturday.
Jones has one year remaining on the four-year, $80 million contract he signed in 2020, making him the ninth-highest paid defensive tackle in the league by average salary.
Jones also didn’t report for the Chiefs’ mandatory minicamp in June.
According to the collective bargaining agreement between the NFL and the players’ association, he faces a daily fine of $50,000 for his absences.
Jones had a career-high 15.5 sacks last season, ranking fourth in the league and the No. 1 indoor pass rusher. He was named a first-team All-Pro for the first time in his career after being selected for the second-team in 2018, 2020 and 2021.
The Chiefs begin camp Sunday at Missouri Western State University.