Chiefs' Chris Jones brings up Le'Veon Bell as he teases holdout

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Chris Jones has a salary number in mind and he's willing to wait a long time for the Chiefs to match it. He says he learned that strategy from Le'Veon Bell.

Jones teased a holdout Tuesday during another round of chatter about a possible long-term contract for the defensive tackle. He and the Super Bowl champs have until July 15 to get a deal done, or else Jones will have to play (or not) for the $16 million franchise tag the Chiefs placed upon him in March.

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Jones brought up Bell in a Twitter exchange with the Arrowhead Live podcast. Bell sat out the 2018 season rather than play for the $14.4 million tag with the Steelers. The running back went on to sign a four-year, $52.5 million contract ($27 million guaranteed at signing, $35 million in total guarantees, per Pro Football Talk) with the Jets last year.

Once tagged, Bell backed up Jones.

Based on Tuesday's chatter, the magic number for Jones continues to be 20, as in $20 million a year, just below the Rams' Aaron Donald and the Colts' DeForest Buckner. The Chiefs also want to extend Patrick Mahomes' contract and would surely like to keep Travis Kelce and Tyrann Mathieu, too. That makes for a potential cap squeeze. And Jones wants to squeeze a few more million out of KC, too.

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