Kansas City Chiefs defensive tackle Chris Jones is a one-time Super Bowl champion and two-time Pro Bowler who has tallied 40.5 career sacks since the start of the 2016 regular season. The 26-year-old is now showing he can also recruit defensive stars.
As Pro Football Talk's Myles Simmons explained, Jones spoke about free agent and three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt during a Tuesday appearance on Sports Radio 810 WHB.
"J.J. Watt has been my favorite player throughout the league my whole career," Jones said. "He was the Aaron Donald before Aaron Donald — he was J.J. Watt, you know? So he’s still my favorite player. Would I love to play with him if the opportunity presents itself? Hell yeah. But you never know how these things go. He’s a free agent for the first time in his career. He might want to play with his brother or something, I don’t know."
Earlier this month, Peter King of NBC Sports mentioned the Chiefs and Buffalo Bills among teams "most interested" in signing Watt. It's been repeated throughout February that Watt wishes to join a contender, and the Chiefs have played on Super Bowl Sunday in each of the past two years.
Simmons noted that suitors such as the Bills, Cleveland Browns and Tennessee Titans would likely be able to pay Watt more than the Chiefs, something reflected on the Spotrac salary cap tracker. It's unknown if the veteran who turns 32 years old next month would offer the Chiefs a discount to join the AFC's best team over the past two seasons.