Report: Chiefs, Chris Jones begin extension talks

Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Chris Jones (95) reacts during the first half of the AFC Championship NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 20, 2019, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)
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(WIBW) -- After the Kansas City Chiefs' defensive exodus to start the offseason, defensive lineman Chris Jones could be here to stay.

According to the Kansas City Star, the Chiefs and Jones have already begun contract extension talks.

Kansas City general manager Brett Veach told the Star that "the conversations have started," and "are heating up at a rapid pace."

Jones is still on his rookie contract after being drafted by the organization in 2016. That contract expires after the 2019 season.

In 2018, Jones led the team with 15.5 sacks, which translated to third best in the NFL behind Los Angeles Rams defensive end Aaron Donald and Houston Texans defensive end J.J. Watt.

Jones also notched 19 tackles-for-loss in 2018, which nearly quadrupled his number in his first two years with the Chiefs.