The Kansas City Chiefs hope the beginning of organized team activities Tuesday at their training complex pays off with a trip to Miami in February 2020.
It turns out defensive lineman Chris Jones is already there waiting for the team.
Jones reportedly is not with the team for the start of OTAs, confirming the that with a tweet Tuesday morning geotagged to Miami Beach in Florida.
Yahoo! Sports reporter Terez Paylor reported the news just prior to the tweet.
Jones has been absent from the team’s voluntary offseason workouts since they began April 15 in Kansas City.
Jones is eligible for his first career contract extension this offseason and is set to make $1.19 million in 2019. Reports suggest a new contract would demand north of $18 million per year.
It’s the type of deal Jones has proved to deserve after a strong 2018. The Mississippi State product had 15.5 sacks, 29 quarterback hits, 40 tackles, five passes defended, two forced fumbles and one interception returned for a touchdown in his third season with the team.
Head coach Andy Reid spoke about Jones at the start of the team’s offseason workouts on April 15.
“The one neat thing that Chris (Jones) did last year was move around a little bit, which I think will help him, because he can play outside or he can play inside,” Reid said of Jones fitting in new defensive coordinator Steve Spagunuolo’s 4-3 defense.
“I think he is going to be OK there. It was 70 or 75 percent of the time he was asked to do that four-man front. I think he will be OK.”
Tuesday marked the start of the Chiefs’ three-week voluntary OTAs. The NFL permits 10 days of activities between the coaches, rookies and veterans. The practices are not fully padded and can include 7-on-7, 9-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.
The first practice open to the media is Thursday.