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Chiefs' Chris Jones hints he could skip 2020 season without new contract

Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) will consider not playing in 2020 if he doesn't get a contract extension from the AFC West franchise this off-season. File Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI
Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) will consider not playing in 2020 if he doesn't get a contract extension from the AFC West franchise this off-season. File Photo by Matthew Healey/UPI | License Photo

July 1 (UPI) -- Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones hinted on Twitter that he could skip the 2020 NFL season if he doesn't get a new contract from the Super Bowl champions.

Jones posted his comment Tuesday on the social media platform. The 6-foot-7, 310-pound defender responded to a tweet on an NFL Network report, which said Jones wants at least $20 million annually from the Chiefs.

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"Or I won't play," Jones responded.

Jones also referenced New York Jets running back Le'Veon Bell in the tweet. Bell had a holdout in 2018 while he was with the Pittsburgh Steelers. He turned down a contract offer and was designated as the Steelers' franchise tag player before he opted to skip the entire season and become a free agent the next off-season. He then signed a four-year, $52.5 million deal with the Jets in March 2019.

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The Chiefs placed the non-exclusive franchise tag on Jones in March. They have until July 15 to agree to a long-term contract with the defensive lineman. Jones will play for $16.1 million in 2020 if he signs his franchise tag tender and reports to the team.

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Jones, 25, had 36 total tackles, 20 quarterback hits, nine sacks, eight tackles for a loss, four passes defensed, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in 13 games last season for the Chiefs. The second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft also made his first Pro Bowl in 2019. Jones had a career-high 15.5 sacks in 16 games in 2018.

Bell and Jones each responded to criticism they received on social media after Jones' tweet about a possible missed 2020 season.

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"I just know what my worth is and how to read and understand contracts ... Jones knows what he's doing," Bell tweeted.

NFL team facilities remain closed to players -- who don't need medical treatment -- amid the coronavirus pandemic. Teams are expected to report to training camp in late July.

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