Chiefs plan on franchise tagging L’Jarius Sneed unless long-term deal is reached: Sources

The Kansas City Chiefs have informed cornerback L’Jarius Sneed they will use their franchise tag on him if they are unable to come to an agreement on a long-term deal, according to league sources.

Sneed and defensive tackle Chris Jones were the top candidates to most likely be tagged by the Chiefs. Sneed’s tag will cost the team about $18.8 million compared to a tag of around $32 million for Jones.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said earlier Tuesday that retaining Jones is ‘at the top of the list’ of the Chiefs’ offseason priorities.

“I hope I’m here, but you never know how it goes,” Sneed recently said on “Up & Adams” with host Kay Adams. “I hope I’m here.”

Sneed, 27, was instrumental in the Chiefs’ back-to-back Super Bowl wins. He finished the 2023 regular season with two interceptions, 14 pass breakups and didn’t allow a touchdown while in coverage as the nearest defender. He added 17 tackles and three passes defended in four playoff games.

Sneed will be entering his fifth season with the Chiefs, who drafted him in the fourth round in 2020.


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