KANSAS City Chiefs star pass rusher Chris Jones hinted on social media that he’s ready to take his resistance to the next level.
The 29-year-old All-Pro defensive tackle told fans on Twitter that he was willing to stay away from the Chiefs through Week 8 of the NFL season and forego his weekly game checks.
Jones would give away $1.1 million for every missed game, but emphasized in his tweets: “I can afford it.”
If Jones returns by Week 8, he faces about $8.2 million in fines.
He answered the fans in a series of tweets on Tuesday after posting a photo of a sign that read:
“If it’s not in your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind as well.”
Jones signed a four-year, $80 million contract with the Chiefs in 2020, has one season left and has been very open about his desire for a new contract.
He did not report at the beginning of the training camp and accordingly ESPNIn a new contract, the sides are “far apart”.
Jones has already racked up a hefty fine, with his refusal costing him $50,000 for every day he misses at camp.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid was asked about the situation on Wednesday and said neither side had commented.
“There was no communication.”
Kansa City star quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Wednesday that Jones’ denial took longer than he imagined.
“I don’t think anyone expected that he wouldn’t be here now, but that’s part of the contract negotiations.”
“I don’t look down on him for something like that. He’s been trying to do things that he feels he needs to do now. I respect his decision.”
The Chiefs open the NFL season Sept. 7 at home against the Detroit Lions.