Chris Jones just signed a big deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. This comes after the Chiefs just signed Patrick Mahomes to an absolutely massive deal as they now have two stars on both sides of the ball committed for the foreseeable future. Because of this, many people think that the Chiefs could become a dynasty, and rightfully so. However, Jones just put a massive target on the Chiefs.
Chris Jones signed a big deal with the Kansas City Chiefs
Since coming into the league with the Kansas City Chiefs in 2016, Chris Jones has been one of the best defensive linemen in the entire NFL.
After racking up 28 total tackles and two sacks in his first season, Jones recorded 6.5 sacks and 32 total tackles in 2017. He also forced four fumbles. In 2018, though, Jones had a breakout season as he had 15.5 sacks and 40 total tackles.
Jones then only played in 13 games in 2019, so his numbers were not as high. He, however, still recorded nine sacks and 36 total tackles. Jones — who earned his first Pro Bowl selection in 2019 — also helped the Chiefs win the Super Bowl last season.
Soon after the Chiefs signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year, $503 million extension in July 2020, the team signed Jones to a four-year extension, worth $85 million.
“For me, nothing’s changed,” Jones said, according to ESPN. “It’s still about being the best I can be. It’s still about being the sack leader and being the Defensive Player of the Year. I’m always pushing myself to new heights. … It’s about having a Hall of Fame career, getting a gold jacket.”
Winning the Super Bowl, having the best quarterback in the NFL locked up, and now having one of the best defensive linemen committed long-term has people thinking that the Chiefs can become a dynasty.
Chris Jones just ridiculously put a massive target on the Chiefs
Jones recently appeared on KCSP 610 Sports Radio, and he made a massive guarantee that now puts a gigantic target on the Chiefs.
“This is only the beginning,” Jones said, according to ProFootballTalk. “We plan to have another parade and another parade and another parade. We’re going to make sure we bring not one, not two, not three, not four, but five-plus rings to Kansas City. It’s been 50 years of waiting, but the wait is over now. It’s time to create a dynasty.”
Sure, the Chiefs have a ton of talent and winning a Super Bowl already puts a large target on them. However, Jones’ guarantee now puts an even larger target on the team.
We have seen athletes, coaches, and even owners make claims like this before. They didn’t work out too well for them either.
Other sports figures put unnecessary targets on their teams in the past
Of course, the main athlete that comes to mind here is LeBron James. When James and Chris Bosh joined Dwyane Wade on the Miami Heat, everyone already wanted to beat them because they instantly became the favorites to win the NBA championship.
However, James’ guarantee put an even larger target on the Heat. In case you forget, he said that the team would win, “not two, not three, not four, not five, not six, not seven,” championships. The Heat ultimately won two championships in four seasons. They lost in the NBA Finals to the Dallas Mavericks in 2010-11 and the San Antonio Spurs in 2013-14.
At that same time, when James left the Cleveland Cavaliers to go to the Heat, Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert wrote a letter to Cavs fans. According to ESPN, Gilbert said, “I personally guarantee that the Cleveland Cavaliers will win an NBA championship before the self-titled former ‘King’ wins one.”
As you probably know, the Cavaliers did not even make the playoffs without James while he won two titles with the Heat. James then led the Cavaliers to an NBA championship in 2016.
Another one, this time in football, was former coach Rex Ryan. He guaranteed that the New York Jets would win the Super Bowl, per Bleacher Report. This came after they reached the AFC Championship Game the previous two seasons. However, the Jets ended up not even making the playoffs that year. They have not made the playoffs since those two years that they played in the AFC Championship Game.
So, yeah, those guarantees ended up putting massive targets on those teams. Jones just did the same thing to the Chiefs, so he better be ready to back it up.
Stats courtesy of Pro Football Reference