Through his first couple of years in the league with the Kansas City Chiefs, Patrick Mahomes has become one of the top quarterbacks. Mahomes’ meteoric rise to stardom has made the franchise cornerstone for the Chiefs for the foreseeable future. That has brought forth chatter around what will be some new extension talks that will gather steam over the next several months regardless of how Super Bowl 54 unfolds against the San Francisco 49ers. With that in mind, Mahomes has gone out of his way to clarify what has pushed him to want to play his entire career with Kansas City.
Patrick Mahomes’ impressive start to NFL career
After not playing all but one game in his rookie campaign, Mahomes burst onto the scene in the 2018 season, putting together a historic year.
He lit it up by becoming the third player alongside Tom Brady and Peyton Manning to throw for at least 50 touchdown passes while he had 5,097 passing yards and held a 113.6 passer rating that he helped him become the youngest player in NFL history to win the MVP award.
Mahomes was out to another blazing start this season with 10 touchdown passes through the first three games played, but dealt with a dislocated knee that forced him to miss two games. However, he still tallied 4,031 passing yards along with 26 touchdown passes to five interceptions and a 105.3 passer rating. He has turned it up a notch in the playoffs as he has eight touchdown passes and 615 passing yards through the first two playoff games.
That saw him become the third player ever to win an MVP and make the Super Bowl in his first three seasons, joining Warner and Dan Marino. That also has ramped up talk around his future with the Chiefs.
Why Patrick Mahomes desires to stay with Kansas City
The expectation may be that Mahomes will ink a lucrative extension that should see surpass $200 million, but that chatter hasn’t gathered any clarity in that regard.
In the days ahead of Super Bowl 54, Mahomes voiced that it’s the people and relationships he has built with the franchise that built a desire to play his entire career with the Chiefs, according to Michael David Smith of Pro Football Talk.
“The people are what really drew me to Kansas City, and I hope I get to play there the rest of my career,” Mahomes said. “The people and how they accept you, how they care about you more as a person than as a player, how much passion they have for the Kansas City Chiefs. It’s somewhere where I want to be for the rest of my career.”
That should make the discussions around a new deal in the coming months that much easier. Mahomes has risen to become arguably the best quarterback in the league and the new face of the NFL. As long as he remains healthy, that should see him experience much success with the Chiefs over the next several years and possibly well beyond that.
Patrick Mahomes has prime opportunity ahead
Mahomes has helped position the Chiefs a win away from becoming Super Bowl champions in more than half a century.
Kansas City has a tough challenge ahead of them with the 49ers, who possess arguably the league’s best defense. San Francisco is finally healthy on that side of the ball, and it has shown through their first two games of the playoffs being a significant factor in helping them secure wins.
That has places a tremendous amount of responsibility on Mahomes’ shoulders to guide the offense as his play could be the difference in how Super Bowl 54 unfolds. It’s a chance for him to add to his legacy in a significant way early in his career, which could cement him to the upper-echelon in the NFL.
There is plenty at stake on Sunday night, which should set the stage what may be a highly entertaining matchup on the grandest stage.