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Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce lands 4-year extension

Travis Kelce contract extension, George Kittle, Chiefs

San Francisco 49ers star George Kittle isn’t the only star tight end getting paid today, with Kansas City Chiefs’ Travis Kelce agreeing to a contract extension on Thursday.

Kelce, 30, reportedly agreed to a four-year deal with the Chiefs today, per ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler. Tacking on his existing deal, the five-time Pro Bowl tight end and Super Bowl champion will be with Kansas City for six more years.

Kelce’s signing following mere hours after Kittle—Travis Kelce and the Chiefs’ Super Bowl LIV opponent—signed a massive five-year, $75 million contract extension with the 49ers, making him the highest-paid tight end in the history of the NFL.

Kelce will be making somewhere close to Kittle’s salary range, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport:

The Chiefs previously signed stars like Super Bowl MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a huge deal (in fact, the most expensive sports contract in history) earlier this season worth more than half a billion dollars. Also, Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, franchise tagged earlier in March, agreed to a four-year, $80 million deal.

Kelce joins his teammates in their newfound rich contracts along with Kittle, his fellow tight end brethren. Originally a third-round selection out of Cincinnati in the 2013 NFL Draft by the Chiefs, Kelce has turned into one of the biggest stars at his position, earning a pair of first-team All-Pro selections in his seven-year career.

Kelce has been selected for five consecutive Pro Bowl appearances too, cementing himself as Mahomes’ go-to pass-catching target at tight end.

The Chiefs now have untold amounts of money tied into several key pillars of the franchise going forward, with Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Chris Jones getting extensions this past offseason heading into an anticipated rocky 2020 NFL campaign.