The Las Vegas Raiders have spent the last eight years trying to gameplan for Chris Jones. Could they end up convincing him to join their side this offseason?
In a piece where Bleacher Report’s Alex Kay listed the top potential destinations for Jones in free agency, he mentioned the Raiders as one of best possible landing spots.
Jones has spent the first eight seasons of his career with the Kansas City Chiefs, helping the team win three Super Bowls. That included Sunday night, when the Chiefs defeated the San Francisco 49ers.
While the 29-year-old did not register a sack against the 49ers, he logged four tackles and a couple of quarterback hits. He seemed omnipresent in Kansas City’s victory, and his mere presence attracted a wealth of attention from San Francisco’s offensive line.
During the regular season, Jones rattled off 30 tackles, 10.5 sacks and four passes defended en route to his fifth straight Pro Bowl nod and his second consecutive First-Team All-Pro selection.
Jones, who played his collegiate football at Mississippi State, was selected by the Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft.
By his third season, Jones had established himself as one of the league’s best defensive linemen, as he racked up 40 tackles, 15.5 sacks, an interception, a couple of forced fumbles and a defensive touchdown. Oddly enough, he did not make the Pro Bowl that year.
Jones made his first Pro Bowl in 2019 and has been a fixture at the event ever since, and in 2022, he once again registered 15.5 sacks to go along with 44 tackles, a pair of forced fumbles and a fumble recovery.
Kansas City would surely love to retain the superstar, but financial constraints may make it impossible.
Should Jones walk via free agency, it would certainly be painful for the Chiefs if he ended up signing with the division-rival Raiders.