The Chiefs traded up for the quarterback in 2017 to snag the former Texas Tech Raider with the No. 11 overall pick. The gamble was a success as Mahomes was named the 2018 NFL MVP and then led the Chiefs to a Super Bowl.
Who knows what will happen in the next chapter? Mahomes is just 24 years old and is arguably the best quarterback in football right now.
In 2020, he will still be considered a bargain. He is in line to make $5.3 million in 2020, which is hilarious given his production. In 2018, Mahomes threw for 5,097 yards, 50 touchdowns, 12 interceptions, and had a passer rating of 113.8.
In 2019, Mahomes battled an injury that kept him out of one game, but still threw for 4,031 yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions, and a passer rating of 105.3.
The #Chiefs (unsurprisingly) exercising Patrick Mahomes’ 2021 option means his rookie contract expands to $41M over 5 years. His eventual extension will push up near $41M per year.
— Spotrac (@spotrac) April 30, 2020
After playing on a base salary of just $645,000, it’s safe to say the Kansas City Chiefs had the biggest bargain in football last year in Patrick Mahomes.
The 2020 Super Bowl champions were led by their Super Bowl MVP quarterback and it was to no surprise that the Chiefs picked up the fifth-year option on Mahomes. He’ll be bumped up to $24.8 million for the final year of his rookie deal in 2021.
However, if it was up to Mahomes, he would be a Chief for life, via 41Action News’ Aaron Ladd.
“#Mahomes on extension: “I want to be a Chief for a very long time……whenever that happens, it happens.”
I’m trying to have a crib like Kliff! 😂😂😂
— Patrick Mahomes II (@PatrickMahomes) April 24, 2020
There’s no way the Chiefs will fail at locking him up long-term. The two sides have been reportedly working on a new deal heading into training camp. It will likely make Mahomes the highest-paid quarterback in NFL history.
Even making nearly $25 million is still below market price in comparison to Aaron Rodgers and Russell Wilson.
What great times to be a Chiefs fan.