Taylor mentions that when Jones arrived at training camp last season, the Chiefs were willing to negotiate an extension with an average salary of around $17 million and that most of the other teams in the league were not interested in trading for him in the weeks leading up to the draft.
Whiles Jones ended up signing a four-year, $85 million deal, Taylor says the team is hopeful DT Khalen Saunders could develop into an agile starter. Taylor added that DT Derrick Nnadi is already reliable, but likely will never be as dynamic as Jones when it comes to pass-rushing from the interior.
Taylor is eager to learn more about SJuan Thornhill, who tore his left ACL in the regular-season finale. Taylor notes that he has conducted workouts ahead of camp, thinks the team will proceed with caution and prohibit him from contact drills throughout the first couple weeks of camp.
Jones’ four-year, $85 million deal does not include a signing bonus. (Terez Paylor)
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