July 14 (UPI) -- The reigning Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs locked down another key player for their title defense Tuesday, agreeing to an $85 million contract extension with defensive tackle Chris Jones.
Jones' agent told NFL Network the four-year pact includes $60 million in guarantees. The Chiefs placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on the defensive lineman in March. The team had a July 15 deadline to sign Jones to a long-term deal.
Another NFL team could have attempted to sign Jones under the terms of the tag, but would have had to surrender two first-round draft picks to Kansas City if the Chiefs chose not to match their offer for Jones.
Jones hinted this off-season that he could skip the entire 2020 season if he didn't receive a long-term contract from the Chiefs. The 6-foot-6, 310-pound defensive lineman 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.
Jones, 26, had three total tackles, three passes defensed and a quarterback hit in two games last postseason. He had a game-high three passes defensed in the Chiefs' Super Bowl win against the San Francisco 49ers on Feb. 2 in Miami.
Jones' agreement comes a week after the Chiefs signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes to an NFL-record 10-year, $503 million contract extension. The Chiefs are scheduled to report to training camp July 28.