However, with Jones set to hit unrestricted free agency, the Chiefs have a backup plan prepared.
Last offseason, Jones and the Chiefs didn't agree to terms on a contract extension, which ultimately led to a lengthy holdout that lasted into the regular season. Alas, Jones returned to the team on a restructured incentive-laden deal, reaching most of the milestones in 2023.
Turning 30 before next season, Jones and Kansas City could find themselves in a similar predicament this offseason.
Given the uncertainty surrounding their All-Pro defensive tackle, the Chiefs could elect to replace him, whether it be via free agency or through the 2024 NFL Draft.
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Miller cites Jones’ murky future with the franchise and the need to prioritize giving talented cornerback L’Jarius Sneed a contract extension this offseason as two main reasons why he projects Kansas City to pick Hall in the second round.
Hall was a standout at this year’s Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama according to Miller, “showcasing burst and first-step quickness that is rarely seen from a college tackle.”
While Hall’s numbers at Ohio State didn’t particularly jump off the screen (1.5 sacks in 2023), his attributes as a speedy, athletic, and strong tackle profile him as an impactful player along the trenches of a defensive line.
Whether or not Kansas City ends up drafting Hall, if Super Bowl LVIII ends up being Jones’ last game as a member of the Chiefs, filling the void left by him will be no easy task for general manager Brett Veach and the front office.