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Chiefs sign Harrison Butker to 5-year contract extension

Harrison Butker

The Kansas City Chiefs have signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension. According to NFL.com national insider Ian Rapoport, the Chiefs gave Butker a new five-year deal worth around $20 million.

For his part, Butker tweeted his gratitude for his new deal.

The Carolina Panthers made Butker the 233rd overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft. The Panthers waived Butker in favor of Graham Gano. Consequently, they relegated Butker to their practice squad.

The Chiefs then signed Butker off the Panthers’ practice squad on September 26, 2017. He immediately made an impact in his first game – he converted a 43-yard field goal to secure the Chiefs’ 29-20 win over the Washington Redskins.

Since then, Butker has converted 62 of his 69 field goal attempts. He made 24 of his 27 field goal attempts last season. This was “good enough for the 12th-best completion percentage (88.9) in the league,” per NFL.com’s Jelani Scott.

The 23-year-old Butker has become more of a clutch kicker. He made a 39-yard field goal in the 2018 AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots to force overtime. Butker’s ability to deliver in clutch situations like that undoubtedly earned him a hefty paycheck from the Chiefs.

Butker’s extension comes after offensive lineman Mitchell Schwartz received a new deal from the Chiefs on Wednesday, per The Kansas City Star’s Blair Kerkhoff.

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