Raiders Trying To Steal Chiefs Star
The Raiders are trying to steal a Chiefs star, it would appear.
Heading into next season, Kansas City is on top of the world. In addition to being the reigning Super Bowl champs, the Chiefs also have the world’s best football player in Patrick Mahomes ready to sign with them for the long-term.
The only real issue the organization is currently facing is Las Vegas attempting to poach defensive tackle Chris Jones.
According to Vic Tafur of The Athletic, the Raiders have the cap space and desire to make a run at the 25-year-old.
Given that Jones is coming off two straight strong seasons, the Raiders’ interest in him is not unwarranted.
“The Raiders will definitely go after Jones hard if the Chiefs don’t give him the money he wants or franchise tag him,” he said.
“That’s a fact, according to me.”
The Raiders’ underwhelming performance on the defensive side of the ball over the last few years is no secret. Giving away your best defensive player to the Chicago Bears will have that effect.
Fortunately, in Jones head coach Jon Gruden has the opportunity to right that past wrong.
Jones, paired up with Maxx Crosby and Clelin Ferrell, could be a fierce addition. And the Raiders’ interest in him is real. That means Kansas City will need to respond accordingly.
All signs point to the Raiders needing to spend in excess of $18 million annually to have a shot at Jones – but they may need to come up with an even better offer to lure him away from the Chiefs.
Aaron Donald commanded $22.5 million annually from the Los Angeles Rams last year, so Jones will almost certainly walk away with something in between $18 million and $22 million.
Will the Raiders ultimately be able to successfully poach Jones? We’ll find out over the next few months. Things should get interesting.