The Chiefs placed the franchise tag on Chris Jones, but there is some growing skepticism that he could choose to not sign the tag and potentially even sit out the 2020 season.
Jones, a Pro-Bowl defensive tackle, has been one of the top up-and-coming defensive linemen in the league and he is certainly in line for a big deal before it’s all said and done.
If he can’t get a deal done this offseason, there is potential that he’ll be traded before 2021. That being said, the Buccaneers could still throw their hat in the mix if Jones somehow winds up a free-agent (which is certainly possible) next spring.
Ndamukong Suh’s $8 million contract will be off the books and the Bucs could clear up the space to sign Jones to a massive deal and potentially pair him with Shaquil Barrett for one of the best front-seven duos in the league. It would probably come at the cost of losing a Chris Godwin-type player, but is still something the Bucs could consider.