Patrick Mahomes Scores The Biggest Payday In NFL History
Patrick Mahomes has been the best quarterback in the league over the last two years and now he has turned all of his talent into a big payday. On Monday, Mahomes signed a contract extension that could pay him $503 million over 10 years. That includes $477 million of guaranteed money. He also has an injury guarantee of $140 million. Yikes. This is the biggest contract in the history of the league and he is only 24 years old. A reminder to all, the Chiefs traded up nine spots in the 2017 draft to get him and it was well worth it. His contract is the biggest in terms of money and it may be the biggest in terms of paper, as it is 117 pages long.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of creating a dynasty and barring injury, Mahomes will be apart of it every step of the way as he is now signed through 2031. He finished 2019 throwing for 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, and five interceptions and earned his second Pro Bowl nod. Patrick also had 910 yards passing with 10 TDs and two INTs in the postseason last year.
Not only did he lead the Chiefs to a Super Bowl win last year, but he won the league MVP in his first year in the league (2018) when he threw 50 TDs to just 13 INTs. He is the youngest player in the history of the NFL to win both a Super Bowl Title and a League MVP. Only one other player won both by the age of 25 and that was Emmit Smith.
As long as he stays healthy, Mahomes will be shattering some records in his career. In last year’s postseason, he led the Chiefs to a 21 point comeback against Houston in a 51-31 win, and in the Super Bowl, the Chiefs trailed the Niners 20-10 heading to the 4th before leading KC back to the 31-20 win. There is no lead that is safe against this team as Mahomes will always give you a chance to win. He could also someday unseat Tom Brady as the GOAT.
I know I’m getting ahead of myself there but Mahomes is a once in a generation talent, just like Tom Brady has been for the last 19 years. He has a strong arm, extreme elusiveness, and most of all, he has plenty of talent around him at the skill positions. Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and Mercole Hardman are dynamite receivers and he also has perhaps the best TE in the league in Travis Kelce, who led the team in receiving last year with 1227 yards. They also should have a much better running game after drafting RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire in the first round. KC was 23rd in rushing last year, compared to 5th in passing. Having a better ground game will make Mahomes all the more dangerous.
He will be fun to watch in his career and it will be interesting to see if the Chiefs are really on the verge of dynasty status. Can Mahomes eventually win six titles or more? We shall see.
Some Info Gleaned From Bleacher Report