Chris Jones watches the Chiefs’ season opener from the suite while sitting out his contract

Chris Jones didn’t let his contract waiver stop him from enjoying the Kansas City Chiefs’ season opener.

The Chiefs’ All-Pro defensive tackle was at the team’s game against the Detroit Lions on Thursday, but not as an active player. Instead, he watched the game from a suite at Arrowhead Stadium.

Jones opted out of the defending champion Chiefs’ entire training camp and is reportedly seeking $30 million per year.

PHOENIX, AZ – FEBRUARY 6: Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones (95) speaks to the media during opening night of NFL Super Bowl LVII on Monday, February 6, 2023 at the Footprint Center in Phoenix, AZ (Photo by Adam Bow/ Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Chris Jones wants his payday after helping lead the Chiefs to a second Super Bowl title. (Photo by Adam Bow/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

With the suspension now extending into the regular season, Jones faces millions of dollars in lost salary and fines while also seeking one of the largest contracts for a defensive player ever. Jones said last month that he was willing to wait until Week 8, which would add up to about $8 million in lost game checks from his $19.5 million base salary OverTheCap.

Among defensive players, only Aaron Donald and recently signed Nick Bosa earn more than the $30 million Jones is seeking. The 29-year-old Jones could well be worth it, as he is clearly the best defender on last year’s Super Bowl champions.

Jones set a career high with 15.5 sacks last season, as well as 44 combined tackles, 17 tackles for loss, four passes defended and two forced fumbles. His sack total was by far the highest in the NFL among interior defensive linemen.

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