Feb 23, 2021
Chiefs Chris Jones Makes Telling Comments on J.J. Watt Speculation
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Getty Former Texans DE J.J. Watt stares down Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.
With every new J.J. Watt tweet seems to come more hype surrounding the free agent sweepstakes to acquire the services of the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. While the Kansas City Chiefs have been named as an ideal landing spot in recent weeks, the team isn’t considered among the favorites to land Watt given their salary cap situation.
Despite the longshot odds, Pro Bowl DT Chris Jones was asked on Tuesday about the possibility of playing alongside the former Houston Texans star.
“J.J. Watt has been my favorite player throughout the league my whole career,” Jones said, via Sports Radio 810 WHB. “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.”
His brother T.J. Watt, of course, plays for the Pittsburgh Steelers, who as of last week had the third-highest odds of signing Watt (+250), trailing only the division-rival Cleveland Browns (+150), according to SportsLine.
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While the idea of adding more star power in the form of CB Patrick Peterson or WR Kenny Golladay to an already starstruck roster is fun to daydream about, Kansas City still has some work to do in-house before it can even consider dishing out free agent deals.
Aside from its current standing of being $17.4 million over a projected $185 million team cap for 2021, according to Spotrac, the Chiefs will need to evaluate whether to re-sign 24 impending free agents of their own. Among the most notable names will be some notable names along the defensive line, including DE Alex Okafor, DE Tanoh Kpassagnon, DE Taco Charlton and DT Mike Pennel.
At first glance, that would suggest an upgrade could be needed opposite DE Frank Clark, however, the team has a couple of young defensive ends with some upside — Mike Danna and Tim Ward — that they might prefer to see play out. Re-signing Kpassagnon and/or Charlton as depth options or addressing the position in April’s draft are more budget-friendly alternatives to paying someone like Watt upwards of $10 million annually, which he has earned every season since 2015.Jones Launches New Foundation for Underserved Youth
Watt chatter aside, the real reason behind Jones’ media appearance on Tuesday was the reveal of his new Sack Nation Foundation, which seeks to improve the health and well-being of young people in underserved communities.
.@StoneColdJones announced that the first donation of his @SackNation95 Foundation is to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City. Here's how he decided to start his foundation: @KCTV5 pic.twitter.com/Te6447cL6W
— Dani Welniak (@KCTVDani) February 23, 2021
“Kansas City embraced me like family,” Jones said, via Arrowhead Pride. “You know — a kid from Houston, Mississippi, who had three sacks…it’s not much to embrace right there, but Kansas City embraced me like family. They welcomed me with open arms. They took a chance on me, man. They took a chance. This city took a chance on me, and I’m just trying to make the best of it. It’s always been my goal to give back. It’s always been a part of me to give back, and they put me in a position to reach the opportunity to give back to others, and I’m just trying to fulfill that.”
The foundation’s first donation was presented to the YMCA of Greater Kansas City to provide flag football opportunities for 300 local children and their siblings. Jones plans to host more grassroots events in the future, including in Kansas City and his hometown in Mississippi.
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Scott Parker slams VAR and accuses chiefs of ‘killing’ excitement in football as Fulham denied point against Spurs
SCOTT PARKER slammed VAR for ‘killing’ the excitement of football after Fulham were denied a precious point against Spurs.
Video checks ruled out Josh Maja’s 63rd minute goal for handball by team-mate Mario Lemina during the build up.1Fulham were denied a precious point after VAR deemed Lemina had used his arm before the goal was scoredCredit: PA:Press Association
The decision was even more cruel as struggling Fulham were sunk by an own-goal from defender Tosin Adarabioyo in the first half despite a gusty performance.
Fulham boss Parker said: “I understand why the goal was disallowed, but I don’t agree with it.
“We are trying to make the game so pure and sterile, and trying to control every moment.
“What we want is goals and excitement and VAR is killing every bit of that and the raw emotion of the game that we absolutely love. We are going to get to a point where there will be no emotion in the game.
“Tonight was about common sense and we did enough to win the game because we were superb in the second half.
“When I look at some of the decisions this season we have been on the wrong end of them. Newcastle and the penalty against Liverpool springs to mind.
“Maybe there should be more common sense applied. Let the referees referee. They have years of experience.
“We are losing the raw emotion of the game we love. They are trying to control every aspect of the game to a tee.”
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Midfielder Lemina’s arm was in a natural position when it was struck by a clearance from Spurs’ Davinson Sanchez but the handball law meant it was scrubbed because it rebounded to Maja to score.
The incident is the latest controversy to surround VAR and the ongoing battle to convince players and managers that it is the best way forward.
Tottenham claimed a second successive Premier League win for the first time in more than four months thanks to the own goal.
Dele Alli started his first league game since the season opener back in September and was praised for his performance.
Spurs boss Jose Mourinho said: “It was not a gift. It was for his work. For what he has given the team."