The Kansas City Chiefs have vowed to give their sensational quarterback Patrick Mahomes a long, lucrative deal in the near future, to keep Mahomes a Chief for a long time. For now the Chiefs have taken the first necessary step towards keeping Mahomes a Chief, according to Ian Rapoport, Kansas City has exercised Mahome’s fifth-year option.
Picking up his fifth-year option with the intentions of signing him to a long term deal is a no brainer for any general manager. In just two seasons as a starter Mahomes has cemented himself as one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL.
Mahomes is heading into his fourth year in the league, and it’s starting to creep closer to the end of his rookie deal. It’s expected that sometime in the near future the Chiefs will make Mahomes the highest paid quarterback in the league. The number that’s being floated is somewhere around $40 million per season.
Mahomes sat behind then starting quarterback Alex Smith in his rookie season before being given the nod as the starting quarterback in 2018, Smith was traded to the Washington Redskins, where he was having some tremendous success before suffering a devastating and life threatening leg injury.
In his true rookie year as the Kansas City Chiefs starter, Mahomes took the league by storm putting up 5097 passing yards, throwing for 50 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. Mahomes also tacked on 272 rushing yards and ran in two touchdowns. Mahomes was honored as the league MVP, and brought Kansas City all the way to the AFC Championship, before losing out to Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in overtime.
Mahomes followed up in 2019 with another great season. He suffered a knee injury that looked to be season ending, but he returned after missing only two games. The Baltimore Ravens Lamar Jackson was selected as the NFL MVP, but Patrick Mahomes got to lift the Lombardi Trophy, while being named Super Bowl 54 MVP.
Kansas City general manager Brett Veach has managed to keep most of the championship team together for the 2020 season, but with Mahomes new contract on the horizon, the Chiefs may need to make some difficult decisions shortly. One decision they’ve already made is, Patrick Mahomes will be the quarterback in Kansas City for a long time.
In the video below Ray Rauth from DPN Sports Talk - Live on SportsCastr and ClutchPoints discussed how the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attempted to trade O.J. Howard and had the trade fall through. Now the Buccaneers seem fine going forward with Howard until 2021, the Bucs picked up Howard’s fifth year option.