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Saturday, July 11, 2020

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NFL world reacts to Patrick Mahomes’ massive contract extension

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News that Patrick Mahomes agreed to terms with the Kansas City Chiefs on a 10-year contract shook the NFL world on Monday.

Social media reactions were widespread. As you’d expect, many of the reactions were to the amount of money the deal will certainly include.

Many others, however, fixated on the unprecedented length of the deal. It’s a 10-year pact, and Mahomes will be 36 when it expires.

There was another angle: what Mahomes’ deal will mean for the rest of the quarterback market. That’s especially relevant in Dallas, where the Cowboys are still trying to sort out a long-term deal with Dak Prescott.

You have to wonder how one of Mahomes’ teammates will feel about this deal given the situation he’s in, too.

Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs agree to 10-year contract extension

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes has agreed to his first NFL contract extension, and it is a massive one as expected.

Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs have agreed to a 10-year extension that will keep the reigning Super Bowl MVP under contract with the team through 2031, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports.

As expected, the deal will be the richest contract in NFL history.

Some questioned whether or not the Chiefs would sign Mahomes to an extension with new uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic, but that did not stand in the way of a deal. The two sides have been discussing a record-breaking contract throughout the offseason.

Mahomes led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl title last year and was named MVP. He won the NFL MVP Award in 2018, when he threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns and 12 interceptions.

Report: Patrick Mahomes, Chiefs negotiating contract ‘unlike any other’

Patrick Mahomes

Patrick Mahomes became eligible to sign a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and all indications are that the team is working toward making him the highest-paid player in NFL history.

Sam Mellinger of the Kansas City Star reported on Thursday that Mahomes and the Chiefs have begun negotiations, though it is unclear how close they are to an agreement. When the deal is completed, Mellinger says it will be “unlike any other.”

The Chiefs have already said they are confident they will sign Mahomes to a new deal before the start of the 2020 season, which is a good sign that the two sides are not very far apart. Mahomes was named the NFL MVP in 2018 and led Kansas City to a Super Bowl victory last season, so his stock could not be higher. The price tag will only continue to go up each year, however, which is why the Chiefs would be wise to not let him play out the final two years of his rookie deal.

We have heard some astronomical figures thrown around for how much money Mahomes could get, and those may not be far off. His salary is all but certain to surpass the $35 million per year Russell Wilson makes, and Mahomes will probably get significantly more guaranteed money than the $110 million the Los Angeles Rams gave Jared Goff.

Mahomes has already set records on the field, and the 24-year-old is going to set them with his contract as well.

Patrick Mahomes seems to be in favor of 4th-and-15 onside kick alternative

Patrick Mahomes

The NFL is exploring the idea of implementing a new rule this season that would give teams an alternative to attempting an onside kick, and Patrick Mahomes wants to remind team owners that they could be playing with fire.

The new rule, which is reportedly gaining steam and has a legitimate chance of being implemented, would allow teams to attempt to convert on 4th-and-15 from their own 25-yard line instead of kicking the ball off or going for an onside kick. Teams could attempt the play no more than two times per game. Mahomes shared his thoughts on the idea with a subtle tweet, and it sure seems like the reigning Super Bowl MVP is excited.

The Kansas City Chiefs have the most explosive offense in football, so it would not be hard to envision them taking advantage of the 4th-and-15 scenario. Between Mahomes’ ability to keep plays alive and the eye-popping speed of his favorite receiver, giving Mahomes two extra plays a game with the ball in his hands could be a nightmare for opponents.

Patrick Mahomes has no worries about long-term deal with Chiefs

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It sure doesn’t sound like there will be any problems sorting out a long-term deal for Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Mahomes said Friday that wants to be a Chiefs player “for a long time,” and has full faith in both his agents and the organization to figure something out.

“I want to be a Chief for a long time,” Mahomes said, via Adam Teicher of ESPN. “I want to have a contract that says that and then I can go out there and know I have that security and everything like that. I understand and trust the Chiefs’ organization and everybody in it will handle it the right way. I trust my representation that they’re going to ease my mind and let me go out there and just love the game that I’ve loved playing.

“Whenever it happens, it happens.”

Mahomes is signed through 2021 after the team picked up his fifth-year option. That means both sides have time to sort something out, but the Chiefs have made clear they’d like to do it before the 2020 season starts.

Chiefs hoping to sign Patrick Mahomes to extension before season

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Patrick Mahomes is probably the most underpaid player in the NFL, as the reigning Super Bowl MVP is set to make less than $3 million during the fourth year of his rookie deal next season. The Kansas City Chiefs are looking to change that, however.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach was asked by reporters on Sunday about the contract status of Mahomes and Pro Bowl defensive tackle Chris Jones, who was franchise tagged earlier this offseason. Now that the draft is complete, Veach said he is “hopeful and confident” the Chiefs can get extensions done for both players prior to the start of the 2020 season.

This is the first year Mahomes is eligible for an extension, so it makes sense that the Chiefs want to get the deal done as soon as possible. Mahomes was named the NFL MVP in 2018 and led Kansas City to a Super Bowl victory last season, meaning his stock could not be higher. The price tag will only continue to go up each year, however, which is why the Chiefs would be wise to not let him play out the final two years of his rookie deal.

Mahomes will undoubtedly become the highest-paid player in the NFL whenever he signs his next contract, and we have heard some astronomical figures thrown around for just how much money he could get. The Houston Texans are also looking to sign Deshaun Watson to an extension, so whichever star quarterback signs first will set the benchmark for the other.

Patrick Mahomes makes claim that will scare NFL defenses

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Patrick Mahomes is probably the most dynamic quarterback in the NFL. He’s a danger with his legs and makes throws few others can.

So how can he gets even more dangerous? By improving how well he reads defenses. That is a skill that Mahomes claims he only really picked up midway through the 2019 season.

“I didn’t understand how to read defenses until halfway through last year,” Mahomes said in an upcoming episode of HBO’s ‘The Shop: Uninterrupted.’ “I understood coverages but how to be able to pick up little tendencies defenses do … I was just playing. This year I could actually recognize more and more stuff and I think the more experience and the more I learn then I’ll be able to go out there and call plays and do that different stuff because I’ve seen it, and I still think there’s a long way for me to go there.”

Just for context, supposing Mahomes is telling the truth, he threw for 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns in his first full NFL season without being able to read the finer points of an NFL defense.

Mahomes, it seems, has room to grow. He’s a Super Bowl champion at 24, and has a long way to go. By the sounds of it, we should expect him to be even better going forward as he gains experience like this. He definitely has the right coach to help him with things like this, too.