The Kansas City Chiefs will begin the new season without defensive lineman
Chris Jones as they attempt to become the first team in over 20 years to win back-to-back Super Bowls.
Jones, who has spent the offseason mired in a contract disagreement with the organization leading to a holdout, was placed on the reserve/did not report list before to Tuesday's roster deadline in order to meet the requirements of the dispute.
The disagreement with the contract arises from the fact that Jones wants to be the defensive tackle with the highest salary in the league
But Kansas City is unwilling to satisfy that demand. It would appear that there has been no recent movement toward reaching a prospective agreement.
Even though Jones is still technically a member of the Chiefs, his roster place will not count against the team's final count, nor will he count toward Kansas City's salary limit.
This is because Jones was released from his contract. Jones has indicated in the past that he is willing to continue his holdout into the season,
And it seems as though he is doing exactly that at this point. According to Pro Football Talk, Jones has until the eighth week of the season to report to the team in order to get credit for the last year of his contract and be eligible for free agency at the end of the season.
If Jones continued his holdout for that long, he would rack up fines and missing game checks totaling close to $10 million.