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Patrick Mahomes reacts to Travis Kelce signing contract extension

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Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs agreed to a contract extension this week, and you can probably guess how Patrick Mahomes feels about having one of his favorite targets around for several more years.

Shortly after George Kittle signed a record-breaking deal with the San Francisco 49ers, Kelce and the Chiefs agree to a four-year that will pay him just slightly less than the $15 million per year Kittle got. Kelce had two years remaining on his current contract, and ESPN’s Adam Schefter reports that the new deal will pay him just over $14 million per year.

With four years tacked onto Kelce’s existing contract, that means he is now tied to the Chiefs for six more seasons. Mahomes immediately took to Twitter to express his excitement over the deal.

Kelce has had four consecutive seasons with 1,000-plus receiving yards, and he is Mahomes’ most reliable target. The two also appear to have a great relationship off the field, as evidenced by their beer pong adventures together at a Post Malone concert. With Mahomes now under contract for another decade and Kelce tied to Kansas City for six years, there’s no reason to think Andy Reid’s offense will be slowing down anytime soon.

Report: Travis Kelce, Chiefs closing in on long-term extension

The San Francisco 49ers reached an agreement with George Kittle this week that made him the highest-paid tight end in NFL history, but he may only hold that title for a very brief period.

Travis Kelce and the Kansas City Chiefs are also closing in on a long-term agreement, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media. ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler says the deal will be a four-year extension.

Kelce still has two years remaining on the five-year, $46 million deal he signed with the Chiefs back in 2016. However, it will be fairly easy for him to make the argument that he deserves to be paid more than Kittle.

Kelce had 1,229 yards receiving last year, which was his fourth consecutive 1,000-plus yard season. He caught five touchdown passes after snagging 10 in 2018 and eight in 2017. Kittle is several years younger than the 30-year-old Kelce and on the same career path, but the 49ers star has only had two consecutive years with 1,000-plus yards and has not eclipsed five touchdown catches in any of his three NFL seasons.

With all of that in mind, Kelce will almost certainly get something comparable to the five-year, $75 million extension Kittle got from San Francisco. The Chiefs have already shelled out a massive amount of money this offseason to keep their core players happy, and it’s possible they had a handshake agreement in place to sign Kelce to a new deal as soon as Kittle set the market.

Post Malone got Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce tattoos after losing to them in beer pong

Patrick Mahomes

Post Malone has a tattoo that features a Kansas City Chiefs logo surrounded by replicas of autographs from Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce. You may think the rapper got the artwork because he is a big Chiefs fan and was excited when they won the Super Bowl, but that would not be entirely correct.

As part of his interview with Clay Skipper of GQ that was published on Tuesday, Mahomes told an awesome story about how he and Kelce got backstage passes and a suite to Post Malone’s concert in Kansas City, which happened to be the same day the Chiefs held their championship parade. The Pro Bowlers ended up playing beer pong against Post, and apparently their winning ways hadn’t worn off yet. The duo could not lose, which really irritated Post.

As Mahomes described it, Post tried beating Mahomes and Kelce with a number of different partners and had no luck. Somewhere around the 14th or 15th game, Post’s manager told him it was time to go on stage. The rapper decided he wanted to play one last game and up the stakes, so he had Mahomes and Kelce autograph a piece of paper. He promised to get their tattoos autographed on his body if they beat him again. The outcome was the same.

“He has a tattoo artist literally in the room,” Mahomes recalled. “I’m like, ‘Dude, you do not actually have to get a tattoo of our autographs.’”

Of course, Post kept his word. You can see what the tattoo looks like here.

Post confirmed the bet in an email to Skipper, admitting he is a “pretty f—ing competitive beer pong player.” He also said he can’t recall ever getting a tattoo as a result of a lost bet.

Mahomes had a great joke about how hard he partied after the Super Bowl, and it certainly seems like the parade was just the warmup exercise. When Post Malone gets an impromptu tattoo of your autograph on his body, you know the night got pretty crazy.

Report: Travis Kelce, former NFL stars trying to buy Mets with A-Rod and J-Lo

Alex Rodriguez and his fiancee Jennifer Lopez are leading a group that is trying to purchase the New York Mets, and the NFL community is apparently well represented in their bid as well.

ESPN’s Vaughn McClure revealed on Monday that Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce and former NFL stars Brian Urlacher, DeMarco Murray and Joe Thomas are some of the investors in Rodriguez’s and Lopez’s group. Some NBA players are also investing, including Washington Wizards star Bradley Beal and Denver Nuggets center Mason Plumlee.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have such high-quality individuals as part of our group,” Rodriguez told ESPN.

Kelce called the chance to become a part owner of the Mets a “crazy opportunity,” while Urlacher said he is proud to be a part of such a noteworthy group of current and former athletes.

“Being a former athlete and having a chance to be a part of a group trying to purchase a professional team, it’s pretty cool,” Urlacher said. “It’s especially cool to be involved with Alex. Alex is the man. You’ve got Kelce, Joe Thomas, DeMarco Murray. It’s great to be in a group with them.”

A-Rod and J-Lo have contributed $300 million of their own money. The initial bid from the group was $1.7 billion last week, with billionaire hedge fund manager Steve Cohen reportedly bidding $2 billion. Cohen is still considered the favorite to buy the Mets even though he had a deal in place with owners Fred and Jeff Wilpon that went sour earlier this year due to a number of issues.

Rodriguez and Lopez reportedly have at least one billionaire in their investment group, so it would not be a surprise if they increase their bid.

Video: Travis Kelce drinks beer off Super Bowl trophy

No one has enjoyed the Kansas City Chiefs’ championship run more than Travis Kelce, and the star tight end kept the good times rolling on the way home from Miami on Tuesday.

Kelce shared a video on Instagram that featured him drinking beer off of the Lombardi Trophy. He said he played hockey growing up and always dreamed of drinking out of the Stanley Cup, so he decided “take a ride down the Lombardi Luge.”

Much like Rob Gronkowski when he was with the New England Patriots, Kelce has become the symbol of partying for the Chiefs. He got fans fired up by screaming a famous Beastie Boys line after the AFC Championship Game, and we can only imagine what he’ll do during Wednesday’s victory parade in Kansas City.

Video: Travis Kelce goes Beastie Boys during trophy ceremony

Travis Kelce was all sorts of jacked up after the Kansas City Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday.

Kelce, who had a relatively quiet day with just three catches for 30 yards, was on stage and spoke with Jim Nantz during the presentation of the Lamar Hunt Trophy. And when we say he spoke with Nantz, we mean he led the Arrowhead Stadium crowd in an epic Beastie Boys chant by screaming into the microphone “you gotta fight for your right to party!”

Those words come from the Beastie Boys famous song “Fight for your Right”, and it’s obvious Kelce was in a party mood.

Believe it or not, that was pretty tame compared to what Kelce did a few minutes prior when he dropped an F-bomb on live TV during Patrick Mahomes’ interview. There’s little question who the rowdiest player will be if the Chiefs go on to win the Super Bowl.

Video: Travis Kelce drops F-bomb on live TV after Chiefs beat Titans

The Kansas City Chiefs punched their ticket to the Super Bowl with a convincing win in the AFC Championship Game on Sunday, and Travis Kelce could not contain his excitement just after the final whistle blew.

Patrick Mahomes spoke with CBS’s Tracy Wolfson on the field after leading his team to a win over the Tennessee Titans. During the interview, Kelce came over to tell the quarterback how much he loves him. Or, more specifically, Kelce accidentally dropped an F-bomb and told Mahomes how much he “f—ing” loves him.

“The best quarterback in the National Football League right here, baby, and he shows it every time … I f—ing love you!” Kelce told Mahomes on live TV.

Anyone who saw some of the absurd plays Mahomes made during the game can understand why Kelce was so pumped up. Mahomes proved he is the best quarterback in the NFL, and he’s now one win away from capturing his first Super Bowl. We can only imagine what Kelce will have to say to him if that happens.

Travis Kelce questionable after leaving game with hamstring injury

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The Kansas City Chiefs are, at least for the moment, without tight end Travis Kelce.

Kelce was mysteriously absent for Kansas City’s opening drive of the second half, and was not even on the sideline. According to the Chiefs, he was being evaluated for a hamstring injury, and is questionable to return.

Kelce was spotted on the sideline after Kansas City scored a touchdown on that drive, and appeared to be lobbying head coach Andy Reid to let him return to the game.

It was obvious that something was off when Kelce didn’t play on the Chiefs’ opening drive of the second half, even once the team got into the red zone. That’s usually where Kelce is at his strongest, and he was nowhere to be seen. The Chiefs scored on that drive, but they’ll definitely need the star tight end going forward. He had eight catches for 83 yards and three touchdowns in the opening half.

Patriots robbed of two touchdowns by referees

The New England Patriots made a huge defensive play while trailing the Kansas City Chiefs in the second half on Sunday, and it could have been even bigger if not for an official blowing his whistle. The call on the field was incorrect, and the mistake ended up costing the Patriots two touchdowns.

Travis Kelce caught a pass over the middle with the Chiefs leading 23-13 and appeared to pick up a first down, but Patriots safety Devin McCourty made an outstanding play to wrap the tight end up and poke the ball out. Stephon Gilmore scooped up the loose ball and looked like he could have had a potential touchdown, but the play was blown dead after an official thought Kelce was down by contact.

Bill Belichick was furious with the officiating crew, as he knew the Patriots were robbed of a touchdown at most and better field position at the very least. He challenged the play and had it reversed, but that was New England’s second and final challenge.

Because the Patriots had to burn their second challenge, they were unable to challenge another blown ruling on the ensuing offensive drive. Rookie wide receiver N’Keal Harry scored a touchdown on a play where the officials ruled he stepped out at the 3-yard line, but replays showed he kept his foot in bounds and dove into the end zone.

The play stood as called because New England couldn’t challenge it. They were unable to score on the next three plays and had to settle for a field goal to cut the lead to 23-16.

NFL officials are instructed to not blow their whistles on fumble plays unless they are certain, and the Kelce fumble is the latest example of why. All turnovers are reviewed anyway, so it’s best to let things play out and not risk costing a team the chance to advance a live ball. We saw the New Orleans Saints robbed on a similar play earlier in the season, but the one in New England proved even more costly for the Patriots as it ultimately them two separate chances to score.

Report: Travis Kelce undergoes ankle surgery, likely back for training camp

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Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce reportedly needed a cleanup on his ankle.

According to Mike Garafolo and Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, Kelce recently underwent surgery on his ankle to clean some issues up and will miss most of the team’s spring program. He is, however, expected to be ready to go for training camp.

Kelce had his best season in 2018, catching 103 passes for 1,336 yards and ten touchdowns. It sounds like the surgery shouldn’t have any impact on his availability for the start of preseason.