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.
4th and 15…. https://t.co/ESuILCqkcG
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) May 21, 2020
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.
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.
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.
Brett Veach on Patrick Mahomes & Chris Jones future contract negotiations: "Now that the draft is over, we have a window now that we can get together and we have a lot of time. This will be the focus of getting those guys locked up. We're certainly hopeful & confident."
— Nate Taylor (@ByNateTaylor) April 26, 2020
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 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.
Patrick Mahomes is eligible for a contract extension with the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, and the assumption is that he will become the highest-paid player in NFL history. While that will likely happen, it does not sound like he wants to put the Chiefs in salary cap prison.
Matt Verderame of Fansided spoke with Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, about the Super Bowl MVP’s contract situation. Steinberg mentioned that he wants to get Mahomes the contract he deserves while allowing the Chiefs to field a competitive roster around the quarterback. As Steinberg put it, “Quarterback greatness is judged by Super Bowls.”
Spoke with Patrick Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, this morning.
I joked about extension being easiest of his career. Steinberg made point of getting Mahomes what he deserves while ensuring Chiefs can maintain a good roster.
“Quarterback greatness is judged by Super Bowls.”
— Matt Verderame (@MattVerderame) February 27, 2020
Mahomes is going to make a lot of money. His contract extension will almost certainly set a new record, but his stock is also as high as possible. He could probably name his price and the Chiefs would pay it. That doesn’t mean he has to, however.
We have heard some eye-popping numbers thrown around with reports about Mahomes’ next contract, but his agent’s comments have to be considered a positive sign for the Chiefs. While Mahomes may not be looking to follow the Tom Brady approach by taking significantly less than market value, that doesn’t mean he’s looking to make life more difficult for the Chiefs than it has to be.
Joe Burrow has some of the smallest hands of any quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft class, but he is not the least bit concerned about the football nerds who take those measurements seriously. Patrick Mahomes is someone who knows all about hand size becoming a topic of discussion, and the Super Bowl MVP had a great message for Burrow about it.
After his hands measured at “only” nine inches, Burrow joked in a tweet that he is contemplating retirement because he won’t be able to properly grip the football. Mahomes, whose hands measured at 9.25 inches when he was coming out of Texas Tech, chimed in with an awesome response.
My small hands are doing alright so far….i believe in ya https://t.co/o0UUwkSeOq
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) February 24, 2020
Mahomes has arguably the strongest arm in the NFL, and his hand size wasn’t enough to stop him from winning a Super Bowl MVP and an NFL MVP. While Burrow’s hands may be unusually small for a 6-foot-4 quarterback, he threw for 5,671 yards, 60 touchdowns and only six interceptions while playing in one of the most competitive conferences in college football last year.
Hand size may matter, but you don’t ignore everything a player has accomplished just because he has smaller hands than some of his peers. The Bengals don’t care if Burrow has nine-inch hands, 12-inch hands, or 7-inch hands. They’re almost certainly going to draft Burrow, and Mahomes’ success is a nice reminder than hand size can mean absolutely nothing sometimes.
Dez Bryant is still trying to prove to NFL teams that he has enough left in the tank to contribute, and the reigning Super Bowl MVP is doing what he can to help the former Dallas Cowboys star earn recognition.
Patrick Mahomes threw passes to Bryant at APEC training center in Forth Worth on Friday.
— Jon Machota (@jonmachota) February 21, 2020
Bryant went from being one of the most dominant wide receivers in football to not being able to find work in what felt like the blink of an eye. The former first-round pick is still just 31, but he has obviously lost some explosiveness and dealt with a major injury. Bryant signed with the New Orleans Saints midway through the 2018 season but never appeared in a game after tearing his Achilles in practice.
While it seemed like he was hinting at being on the verge of signing with a team last season, there has not been much interest in Bryant since the Achilles injury. If he can show teams this offseason that he is healthy and still has some speed, he could be a very low-risk signing that has the potential to pay off.