Chiefs sack leader Chris Jones is absent from OTAs

Terez PaylorSenior NFL writer

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones has not been present since the team’s offseason workout program began on April 15, multiple sources told Yahoo Sports.

Jones, 24, is coming off a breakout third season in which he recorded 15 1/2 sacks (third in the league), 29 quarterback hurries (ranked fifth in the NFL) and 40 total tackles.

Defensive end Chris Jones led the Chiefs with 15 1/2 sacks last season. (AP)
Defensive end Chris Jones led the Chiefs with 15 1/2 sacks last season. (AP)
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Jones was taken in the second round of the 2016 NFL draft. He is entering a contract season and is scheduled to earn $1.19 million in base salary. Jones is slated to be a free agent next March, but in lieu of a long-term deal the team could franchise-tag him next offseason to retain his rights.

Offseason workouts are voluntary until the team’s mandatory minicamp, which is held June 11-13.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said during new defensive end Frank Clark’s introductory news conference last week that he is excited to team Clark with Jones as foundational pieces of the remade 4-3 defense that new defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo is installing.

“You have to win these games in the trenches — you have to have a great o-line and a great defensive line,” Veach said. “We feel really good about our defensive line.”

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