5. Chris Jones
The number one free agent on everyone's list is Chris Jones and for good reason. No one outside of perhaps Aaron Donald has been more disruptive at the defensive tackle spot over the past five years than Jones.
Jones held out at the beginning of the year trying to get paid with the likes of Donald, but eventually landed on a one-year deal worth up to $25M with the Chiefs. The Chiefs will have the option to franchise tag him this offseason, but that number will be roughly $32.4M.
Jones will turn 30 in July, yet his play has not fell off at all. In 2023 he totaled double-digit sacks for the third time in his career with 10.5. He has been an absolute game-wrecker for eight years now and doesn't seem to be slowing down.
A defensive tackle approaching 30 likely will not set the market at the position, but Jones will definitely have very hefty offers thrown his way.
Ryan Poles was promoted to Director of College Scouting in 2016 for the Chiefs, the same year they selected Jones in the second round. While the Bears are hoping that Poles can find the next Chris Jones in a draft of his own, it is worth noting he was a part of bringing him into the league initially.
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