Chris Jones could be nearing a new deal, but he won’t be joining his team until he has one.
The star defensive tackle was not with the Chiefs for the start of the team’s three-day mandatory minicamp on Tuesday, NFL Media reported, citing unidentified sources.
Jones is expected to miss the entire minicamp as discussions around a contract extension have stalled. He will be subject to fines for his absence, the report noted.
According to the Kansas City Star, Jones would forfeit a grand total of $88,650 for missing all three days.
Jones, who is in the final season of his rookie deal, has also missed all of the team’s voluntary workouts this offseason. While the two sides have started discussions to negotiate a contract extension, a timetable for a deal remains unknown.
“There’s a lot of time to go before the season starts, and he’s certainly a guy that we’ve targeted and would love to get done,” Chiefs general manager Brett Veach told the Star in March. “The conversations have started.
“I wouldn’t say they are heating up at a rapid pace, but you’ve got to start somewhere. We’ve had two to three of these conversations and they’re getting better.”
Jones, 24, was selected out of Mississippi State in the second round of the 2016 draft. He led the Chiefs and finished third in the NFL with 15 1/2 sacks last season.