There appears to be just one contract holding back the Kansas City Chiefs from a dynasty.
The Chiefs will have some important topics to discuss in the coming year. Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes is going to be in need of a contract extension in two years, while stud defensive tackle Chris Jones hits free agency next season.
Those decisions could be messy thanks to the contract GM Brett Veach gave to linebacker Anthony Hitchens.
After playing his first four seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, Hitchens cashed in with the Chiefs by signing a five-year, $45 million contract in 2018. Since then, Hitchens hasn’t turned out to be a difference maker on defense.
What makes the situation worse is that the team appears to be stuck with him. Cutting Hitchens this year is not a possibility. Even a trade can’t save the team either because the Chiefs would have to eat over $12 million in dead money.
The Chiefs can likely move on from Hitchens in 2021, but that will still be a dead cap hit of $8 million.
We deemed only 49 players 'elite' in our breakdown of every roster in the NFL
The Super Bowl winning Chiefs had FIVE
— Mike Renner (@PFF_Mike) April 15, 2020
One stat shows that the Chiefs are ready to become the next 2000s Patriots dynasty. If the Chiefs re-sign cornerback Bashaud Breeland, the Chiefs will retain 57% of their players who recorded snaps in 2019. The only other team to do that? The 2001 Patriots.
“An amazing stat:If #Chiefs re-sign Bashaud Breeland, they’ll have every player under contract for 2020 who played at least 57 percent of their unit’s snaps on the title team.,” via Matt Verderame. “To my research, no team has returned every such player since at least the 2001 New England Patriots.”
Is Anthony Hitchens contract the worst in the NFL? Really can’t even cut him until after 2021 season. WOOOF. pic.twitter.com/tAVJwkcC4R
— DRMiller (@DRscrilla8) October 15, 2019
It’s going to only happen if the team can keep Mahomes and Jones. However, with Hitchens, it’s going to be difficult.