Chiefs fran­chise Jones with non-ex­clu­sive des­ig­na­tion

The Kansas City Star - - Sports - BY HER­BIE TEOPE hteope@kc­star.com Her­bie Teope: 816-234-4689, @Her­bieTeope

The Chiefs are mak­ing an ex­pected move Mon­day by plac­ing a fran­chise tag on de­fen­sive tackle Chris Jones.

But the choice of the des­ig­na­tion car­ries sig­nif­i­cance.

The Chiefs are us­ing the nonex­clu­sive fran­chise tag on Jones, a source told The Star. The team later con­firmed the spe­cific des­ig­na­tion used on Jones.

Like an ex­clu­sive des­ig­na­tion, the non-ex­clu­sive tags car­ries a one-year ten­der of a to­tal no less than the av­er­age of the top five salaries at the po­si­tion group. The dif­fer­ence be­tween the two comes down to whether a player can ne­go­ti­ate with an­other team as a fran­chised player.

An ex­clu­sive tag means just that, a player is ex­clu­sive to the club.

The non-ex­clu­sive des­ig­na­tion would al­low Jones to ne­go­ti­ate other team on a con­tract. The Chiefs, how­ever, would have the right to match any of­fer. If the Chiefs elected to not match an of­fer, they would re­ceive two first-round picks as com­pen­sa­tion.

Chiefs gen­eral man­ager Brett Veach said last month at the NFL Scout­ing Com­bine that keep­ing Jones was a pri­or­ity.

And there’s lit­tle doubt Jones, who made a base salary of $1.9 mil­lion in 2019, has earned the right to a large pay raise com­pa­ra­ble to some of the NFL’s elite de­fen­sive play­ers.

De­spite miss­ing three games last sea­son be­cause of a groin in­jury, Jones led the Chiefs de­fense with a team-high nine sacks en route to his first ca­reer Pro Bowl se­lec­tion. He added 36 tack­les and a team-high 20 quar­ter­back hits in 13 games on 655 de­fen­sive snaps.

In four sea­sons with the Chiefs, he has to­taled 33 sacks, in­clud­ing a ca­reer-high 15 1/2 sacks in 2018.

KC Star file photo

Kansas City Chiefs de­fen­sive end Chris Jones, seen cel­e­brat­ing a KC vic­tory at Ar­row­head Sta­dium, has a lot on his mind these days.

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