The Green Bay Packers were named in a trade proposal that would send them one of the best defensive linemen in the NFL. Star defensive tackle Chris Jones held out of the Kansas City Chiefs training camp this summer as the All-Pro defender wants a payday after his gargantuan season in 2022. Jones finished the regular season with 15.5 sacks and added two more in the postseason.
Jones understands his worth to the Super Bowl-defending Chiefs this season. The Chiefs also appreciate his value, and they have no plans to trade him before the season. However, trade rumors have floated this summer because Jones has said he’s willing to sit out until Week 8 of the regular season if he can’t get a deal to his liking.
Green Bay Packers linked to Chris Jones via trade
Jones has been linked via trade to the Dallas Cowboys and Chicago Bears. But many more teams would love to have Jones fortify the interior of their defensive line. Brad Gagnon of Bleacher Report wrote recently the Packers would be better on defense if they swapped Jones for Devonte Wyatt or Kenny Clark:
“This team still has the talent to contend if the Jordan Love project succeeds, and there’s plenty of experience on defense. The problem is that’s not the case up front on defense, where key cogs Rashan Gary, Preston Smith and De’Vondre Campbell all play off the line.
You may be thinking, “You fool, they have Kenny Clark and Devonte Wyatt!” But I’d deal either of those guys for Jones, who wouldn’t provide as large of an upgrade as we’ve looked at in previous cases here but could save the Packers from having to surrender a primo draft pick in the deal. And it’s not as though Wyatt shined consistently as a rookie late-first-round selection, because he was often a ghost.
This might be as simple as “We’re willing to pay him more than you are,” which makes sense because the Packers could use any edge that comes their way in this critical transitional season.”
Would the Kansas City Chiefs trade Jones?
The trade would make sense for the Packers. Sending Wyatt and a late Day 2 or Day 3 pick to the Chiefs for Jones would be a steal, given that Jones is considered to be the second-best defensive tackle in the league behind Aaron Donald.
But would the Chiefs agree?
I don’t see the Chiefs or Jones separating this season. Even if Jones misses the first half of the season, he’ll be back in time to help the team make a Super Bowl run. But the Chiefs could consider getting a good player in return for Jones if they decide to go that route.
Wyatt, a former first-round pick, could have a lot of upside with the Chiefs. However, Wyatt’s performance during his rookie season would make the trade too risky a bet when trading one of the best defensive tackles in the game.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Chris Jones played college football at Mississippi State University before being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 2016 NFL Draft. Mississippi State University was his alma mater and a crucial stepping stone in his football career.
No, Chris Jones is currently not with the Chiefs. The team placed him on the reserve/did not report list as he seeks a contract extension. Jones has threatened to stay away until Week 8 to ensure he receives credit for the last year of his contract and becomes a free agent in 2024.
Chris Jones grew up in Houston, Mississippi, attending Houston High School where he played football for the Hilltoppers. A highly regarded recruit, Jones committed to Mississippi State University for college football.