After 50 years, the Kansas City Chiefs finally brought the Lombardi Trophy to Arrowhead Stadium. The last time the team won was Super Bowl IV in 1970 against the Vikings. While the Chiefs have always been on the edge of glory — with 22 playoff appearances spanning the franchise’s history — this year’s momentum was on their side.
After their second-half comeback win over the 49ers, the Chiefs finally have a firm foundation; now it’s time to build the house. Here’s how Kansas City’s offseason has unfolded.
A franchise on the rise
Even the best team is simply the sum total of its collective parts, but as far as the Chiefs’ roster goes, there are a few key players whose leadership has made all the difference in the world. Names like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce, and Sammy Watkins instantly come to mind.
With their historic Super Bowl win over the 49ers, the Chiefs went from perpetual contender status, a team that had all the right pieces but a lack of cohesiveness in the clutch, to champions. There’s no denying that watching Mahomes dance in the pocket is a thrill. The young superstar plays with a reckless abandon no other quarterback could get away with.
As electrifying as he is on the field, he’s still a rookie though. The press has been quick to call the Chiefs a dynasty, and while fans are more than willing to go along for the ride, a lot remains to be seen. The future isn’t set in stone. That’s why the Chiefs have been hard at work during this strange offseason building that future, brick by brick, as Sports Illustrated details.
The Chiefs win the offseason
The obvious talk of the town is Mahomes’ and his gigantic, historic contract. That’s because the young quarterback signed a 10-year deal worth more than $500 million, assuring fans that he will be the franchise leader for years to come. Besides Mahomes, who else did they manage to secure for the long haul?
In mid-August, the Chiefs managed to re-sign one of Mahomes’ favorite targets, Travis Kelce, to a new four-year extension worth $57 million, ensuring that one of their best offensive weapons stick around for the foreseeable future.
In July, Kelechi Osemele signed on at guard to fill the noticeable vacancy left in the wake of Laurent Duvernay-Tardiff’s heroic departure. The massive guard, who recently earned his MD, felt his talents could better be used against COVID-19 than on the football field right now.
Sammy Watkins, whose clutch play helped seal the Chief’s Super Bowl win, is also staying on. The team extended his contract for a song, signing him to a one year, $9 million contract in the process, details Sports Illustrated.
Then there’s defensive tackle Chris Jones, the linchpin of KC’s defense. In July, the defenseman signed a four-year deal worth $85 million, building upon the Chief’s already formidable bedrock.
The birth of a dynasty?
The list goes on and on. Between contract extensions and new acquisitions, the Chiefs seem poised to retain their championship status. With new players joining the roster, like LSU’s Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who was the 32nd overall draft pick, Andy Reid and company look to add depth to their offensive weapons, making for a scary, young team. It doesn’t hurt that the Chief’s front office has proven that they’re willing to take care of their players, fostering a culture of positivity in Kansas City. Add in driven, energetic, and well-compensated, and you have the right formula for continued success.
Will they be the next great football dynasty? The deck is stacked in their favor, and they’ve built a strong and lasting foundation. We’ll see when football officially resumes this fall.