- Nate Taylor of The Athletic writes that one of the more fascinating aspects of QB Patrick Mahomes’ extension is that it will not begin until after the 2021 season, which maintained the flexibility the Chiefs needed to make a deal with DT Chris Jones.
- 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 guesses that aside from Damien Williams and Clyde Edwards-Helaire, that running backs DeAndre Washington and Darwin Thompson will be the two other running backs to make the team.
- Taylor is eager to learn more about S Juan 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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