Travis Kelce, Chris Jones, & Other Starters Have Big Incentives to Play in Week 18



While getting to rest before the postseason starts sounds ideal, there are several starters who may want to at least play a few snaps. Whether Reid will allow it is another story.  Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is 16 yards away from notching his eighth consecutive season with over 1,000 yards. It’s unclear if there’s a financial bonus in his contract for that mark, but the future Hall-of-Famer’s historic streak will come to an end if he doesn’t play.

Chiefs running back Isiah Pacheco might be itching to take some meaningful snaps, as he’s 65 yards away from recording his first season with over 1,000 yards. Wide receiver Rashee Rice only needs more 62 yards before notching 1,000 yards in his rookie season.

As for defensive tackle Chris Jones, he earns a $1.25 million bonus if he records 10 sacks, per AtoZ Sports. Thus far this season, Jones has tallied 9.5 sacks.  Despite the huge incentive, the veteran suggested he’ll be fine with whatever Reid decides. “I want to play, okay?” Jones told reporters. “I want to play. But I understand the importance. Usually, for the past few years, we’ve had a bye week… If Coach Reid decides to rest us, I’ll more than likely take the rest. I could use the week off. I’ve got a few nicks and bruises. I’m sure the team could use it.”


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