Chiefs sign Harrison Butker to 5-year contract extension
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.
The #Chiefs signed their kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, locking him in on a 5-year deal worth roughly $20M, source said. He’s on the books for 6 years total. Not bad for a player signed off the #Panthers practice squad.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2019
For his part, Butker tweeted his gratitude for his new deal.
Proud to announce that I’ve signed an extension with the @Chiefs ‼️Thanks to the organization for their belief in me and thanks to all of Chiefs Kingdom for the love! Excited to be a part of this team for the next six years. #ForTheBrand #ChiefsKingdom #LetsRoll pic.twitter.com/0VENXx5oZs
— Harrison Butker (@buttkicker7) June 13, 2019
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.