When the Detroit Lions beat the Kansas City Chiefs last Thursday, the home team Chiefs played without their best defensive player. All-Pro defensive tackle Chris Jones was still holding out in a contract squabble, seeking an extension from the Chiefs.
Now that the Lions ran over the team without him, the Chiefs and Jones have agreed to a new contract. It’s a one-year deal laden with more incentives, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.
Jones gained some leverage when the Lions pounded the ball for 54 rushing yards in the fourth quarter of Detroit’s 21-20 win in Week 1. Kansas City managed just one sack against the Lions, clearly missing Jones and his 15.5 sacks from 2022.
The Chiefs defense couldn’t come up with a stop without their interior catalyst, leading some to (wrongly) state that the win should have an asterisk. Jones should be back in uniform for Kansas City’s trip to Jacksonville in Week 2.