It has been a few days since the Kansas City Chiefs captured their first Super Bowl win in 50 years by dramatically topping the San Francisco 49ers Sunday night. That was fueled by the stellar play of star quarterback Patrick Mahomes in the fourth quarter to overcome a double-digit deficit. That performance, along with the win in Super Bowl 54 combined with his bright future ahead, has put him in the position to cash in on his next contract in historical fashion. It’s one that is being projected to put him in a league of his own.
Patrick Mahomes’ stardom
Since being taken with the 10th overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, Mahomes has quickly risen to being one of the most talented players in the league.
Since being given the reins as the starting quarterback in Kansas City, he has taken his game to great heights. That began with him putting forth a record-breaking campaign in 2018 that earned him the NFL award after becoming the third player to record at least 50 touchdown passes.
Mahomes was on a similar track before a dislocated knee cap in the Chiefs’ fifth game of the year cost him a pair of contests. Following that short absence, he returned to the field where he finished 10th with 4,031 passing yards with 26 touchdown passes to five interceptions while holding a 105.3 passer rating.
The 24-year-old stepped in the playoffs as he helped the Chiefs become the first team to overcome three double-digit deficits. That saw him set the record by being the youngest player to win an MVP award and Super Bowl, topping Hall of Famer Emmitt Smith. Mahomes was the difference-maker in the playoffs as he had 901 passing yards, 10 touchdown passes to two interceptions, and a 111.5 passer rating.
All of that has put Mahomes into an even greater promising position for his next contract with Kansas City.
Patrick Mahomes set for even greater record-breaking deal
Even before the run to the Super Bowl, the chatter around Mahomes was that he was going to be set to become the league’s first quarterback to garner a $200 million deal.
It now looks like that price tag for his next contract has gone up significantly as Ian Rapoport of The NFL Network hinted on Tuesday that figure could see him possibly reach $400 million. (H/T John Dixon of Arrowhead Pride)
“He is going to be the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL,” Rapoport said. “And from what I understand, I wouldn’t be surprised if his number started with a four rather than a three — which would be huge… and deserved.”
That would quite astonishing, but not surprising as Mahomes has played like arguably the best quarterback in the league in just three years in the league. As crazy it sounds, his best years could be ahead of him, which the Chiefs will want to keep him around for the next several years.
If he were to receive a deal around $300 or $400 million that could see the length of the contract move toward 10 years with the potential if being near the 12-year contract that the Philadelphia Eagles once gave Donovan McNabb. There is still much that should unfold, but it quite clear Mahomes is head to one incredible payday.
Patrick Mahomes will play entire career with Chiefs
Beyond the money that is involved, Mahomes has a strong desire to play with Kansas City through the duration of his career.
The Chiefs have the same sentiment, and there is no reason to believe things will unfold otherwise. The 24-year-old has the chance to put together an impressive next decade-plus with the franchise that could see him lead them to a significant amount of success along the way.
With Mahomes already on board for the long haul, the next order of business, when that comes at some point this year, will be to ink him to a lucrative record-breaking deal.