Chiefs already planning to have cap space for Mahomes’ next contract

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Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes was league MVP in his first season as a starter, which means he’s the biggest bargain in the NFL right now — and means he’s sure to demand an enormous new contract, likely as soon as next offseason. The Chiefs are ready.

In fact, Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach told Kevin Clark of TheRinger.com that the Chiefs have been planning for Mahomes’ second contract since before last season. Veach said that when the Chiefs signed wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency in March of 2018, they were already thinking about structuring that contract so that it wouldn’t hamstring them if they give Mahomes a huge new deal.

“We were already doing the deal assuming Pat would be an elite-level quarterback. We were already doing our contracts to fit a potentially big contract,” Veach said. “When he was a rookie, as a backup, we were already doing our structures to fit. That’s how much we believed in Patrick.”

Mahomes counts just $4.5 million against the cap this year, then $5.2 million in 2020 and the Chiefs have a fifth-year option for 2021. So it might seem like Kansas City could easily wait to give Mahomes a raise.

But the reality is, if Mahomes were to play as well in 2019 as he did in 2018, and then tell the Chiefs in 2020 that he’s not showing up until he gets the biggest contract in NFL history, the Chiefs would have little choice but to meet his demands. And so they’re planning now as if they’re going to give him a big pay raise next year.

“We will not,” Veach said. “be caught with our pants down.”

The Chiefs don’t sound like they’re planning to play hardball with Mahomes next year. They know they have the best young player in the NFL, and they want to do what it takes to make sure he spends his prime in Kansas City.

27 responses to “Chiefs already planning to have cap space for Mahomes’ next contract

  1. Good luck with that. They better hope he is willing to do Tom Brady-style team friendly deals or they’ll be screwed, despite Veach’s optimism.

  2. Might want to slow the roll until mid third year, there’s now a lot of tape on him. Breaking the bank over someone who’s not won anything other than a consolation prize is stupid

  3. That a way to keep your cards close to your vest Veach. You don’t happen to play poker do you?

  4. Chiefs fans won’t want to hear this…but he may have already hit his ceiling. I’m not saying they won’t have team success or anything in the future but…Just based on the law of averages, other defenses and coaches being more prepared, etc. it’s unlikely he ever has another season like he just had

  5. I hope he gets a great contract but thinks of the team too and doesnt hamstring us like Brees did to the Saints for a few years. He’ll be rich ni Mayer what but it does us no good to have to gut our team.

  6. Years ago when rookies were leaving college and demanding and getting contracts that put them amongst the highest if not the highest paid player at their positions the league demanded caps on rookie contracts with the idea being that once rookies enter the league and prove themselves they would handsomely be rewarded.

    Well….Players like Mahomes and Zeke have done just that. They’ve entered the league and proven to be amongst the very best if not the best at their positions. But instead of saying yes pay the guy they’re nitpicked to death by some fans such as georhe stone. When Russell Wilson was up for his secind contract we heard from people saying he didn’t deserve it. As a player with some fans you will never be able to win when it comes to your contract.

  7. They may want to keep him happy, but they also have control over him for the 1rst 7 yrs of his career.

  8. Sounds like the Chiefs are willing to extend him after only two years. Wow, just wow! Isnt that a little premature? He had a phenom season last year but the his sample size is too small to make him the highest paid player in the league. The chiefs will screw this up. They always do.

  9. Different New Lions says:
    August 9, 2019 at 3:13 pm
    Chiefs fans won’t want to hear this…but he may have already hit his ceiling. I’m not saying they won’t have team success or anything in the future but…Just based on the law of averages, other defenses and coaches being more prepared, etc. it’s unlikely he ever has another season like he just had

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    LOL. 2017 was Patrick Mahomes FIRST YEAR EVER in which his sole focus was football. No baseball, no basketball – just football. 2018 was just the tip of the iceberg, so to speak, in terms of his ceiling. The kid is just 23 years old.

    And if you’ve watching Training Camp videos, it’s clear that he’s bigger, stronger, more efficient with his feet and ball placement.

    Mahomes, Mayfield and Watson will be this generation’s Elway, Marino and Kelly, with Murray and soon, Trevor Lawrence, on their heels.

    Welcome to the NFL’s Next Gen QB’s. It’s gonna be awesome.

  10. Better to sign him early, before other QBs raise the per-year average to crazy heights under the ever-rising salary cap. That way, Mahomes will be a bargain for the Chiefs by the time the last few years of his contract roll around.

  11. I’m sure Veach & Hunt could cheat the salary cap like the Bowlen & the Broncos did with Elway and Davis back in the day – and not get caught.

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    mlhigh says:
    August 9, 2019 at 3:20 pm

    Isnt that a little premature? He had a phenom season last year but the his sample size is too small to make him the highest paid player in the league. The chiefs will screw this up. They always do.

  12. Its absolutely a smart idea to get the contract done early. In reality Mahomes has one year left at a low salary, a fifth year option at decent salary, and then potentially two tag years. What is that, probably 100 million over 4 years if he plays them out? Chiefs should use that reality to their advantage to get him signed to a contract he’s happy with, but can spread out the cap hits more smoothly.

  13. No one ever mentions that Andy Reid is 1-5 in AFC/NFC championship games & 0-1 in a Super Bowl. He could possibly be the worst big game coach in NFL history.

  14. I can promise you that Mahomes is not greedy like that Saints and GB quarterbacks.
    He is a level headed kid, and knows that to be the GOAT, he will need the team to be able to sign playmakers

  15. I believe he deserves it. This year is the tiny window to win it all when he’s still a bargain, similar to Russell Wilson did in 2013. The Chiefs better go all in this year and get it done. Once he’s on his big contract the team will be gutted and nothing is the same anymore. Unless you’re the Pats, all teams operates in the window of a QB rookie contract. The Rams went all in last year and they lost. At least they tried. Otherwise you just don’t know.

  16. End the cap. It has served its purpose.

    Its more important that ignoramuses like Davis, Spanos and Mike Brown have a FLOOR, and aren’t skimming off great businessmen like Jerrah and Kraft, and those who have invested their lives, like the Hunts and Rooneys.

  17. No one ever mentions that Andy Reid is 1-5 in AFC/NFC championship games & 0-1 in a Super Bowl. He could possibly be the worst big game coach in NFL history.
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    Stack his big game losses up against Mike McCarthys depantsings.

    I’ll take Andy Reid 100 of 100 times.

  18. 6thsense10 says:
    August 9, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    Years ago when rookies were leaving college and demanding and getting contracts that put them amongst the highest if not the highest paid player at their positions the league demanded caps on rookie contracts with the idea being that once rookies enter the league and prove themselves they would handsomely be rewarded.

    Well….Players like Mahomes and Zeke have done just that. They’ve entered the league and proven to be amongst the very best if not the best at their positions.

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    What have Mahomes and Zeke won exactly? The goal is to win SBs…..in that they are both empty

  19. Sign him now, 5 years $140 million. 90 Million guaranteed. You pay him an extra 40 million the next two years on top of what he would normally get. The last three years are team friendly at $30 million per year so they can keep other players. He gets money now and doesn’t have to worry about injury. Everyone wins.

  20. Im sorry whats he done so far other than a cute no look pass? Oh that’s right lose the championship game at home…#Overrated

  21. He will stay on his rookie contract for two more year and then get the huge deal he (most likely) will have earned after next season, rather than the team just picking up his fifth year option. Four years on a rookie QB deal is the right formula here.

  22. lizzyisnoindian says:

    August 9, 2019 at 6:29 pm

    Im sorry whats he done so far other than a cute no look pass? Oh that’s right lose the championship game at home…#Overrated
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    He became one of only 3 QBS to through 50 TD, and over 5K yards in one season. He had a QB rating of 113.8. He threw Td’s to 12 different receivers. He didn’t lose the Championship game. The defense did.

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