Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes could sign deal in excess of $200 million this offseason
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the best deal in football. An MVP winner in 2018 and top on that list for 2019, the Chiefs are paying him on a rookie, extremely team-friendly deal, worth $4.5 million in 2019, per Over The Cap.
However, once his rookie contract ends after 2021, Kansas City will have to bring the Brinks Truck and then some. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Mahomes could sign a deal in excess of $200 million; a record-setting number.
That contract may come sooner rather than later. Mahomes is eligible to sign a long-term extension after the end of the 2019 season. Schefter noted that the quarterback expects to have that deal done in the offseason, which, according to his prediction, will be five years and $40+ a year. It pays to be a quarterback.
Mahomes is undoubtedly worth whatever price tag he wants. At 24 years old, he already has an MVP to his name and a 5,000+ yard and 50 touchdown season. He breaks records seemingly every time he steps on to a football field. Kansas City would be wise to hand him a blank check essentially; he will be paid no matter what.
For Kansas City, giving Mahomes a contract worth $200 million or more is an obvious move. However, it will have consequences. The team won’t be able to pay all of the talents on their roster. They’ll have to be strategic over the next few drafts to add players that could replace ones that are currently well-paid by the team.
However, Kansas City and every team would be just fine with paying Mahomes a massive contract and figuring out how to work the cap space later.