Patrick Mahomes’ contract restructure from Chiefs makes NFL history

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Patrick Mahomes received a historic contract restructure from the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday. 

The Chiefs will be paying Mahomes $210.6 million between 2023 and 2026, which is the most money for an NFL player over a four-season span in league history, per ESPN. 

The outlet adds that all of those millions are now guaranteed for arguably the best quarterback currently in the game. 

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Patrick Mahomes in Super Bowl LIV

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes directs the action during Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida, on Feb. 2, 2020. (Tammy Ljungblad/Kansas City Star/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)

It was the summer of 2020 when Mahomes became the league’s highest-paid player, signing a 10-year extension worth a whopping $450 million. While quarterbacks like Justin Herbert, Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts and Joe Burrow have all cashed in on extensions in 2023, no player has topped the total value of Mahomes’ contract with the Chiefs. 

However, all four of those quarterbacks not named Mahomes have a higher annual average value on their contracts, with Burrow’s $55 million per year on his five-year, $275 million deal from the Cincinnati Bengals leading the way. 

Mahomes won’t be topping Burrow, but he will now average $52.6 million over the next four seasons, which is second-highest in the NFL. 

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“I don’t know that there’s really a way to quantify it financially, and no matter what he makes over his career, one way or another, he’ll be underpaid,” Clark Hunt, part owner, chairman and CEO of the Chiefs, said about Mahomes’ worth to the franchise, per ESPN. 

Chris Cabott, who negotiated Mahomes’ deal with Kansas City, told ESPN that the team and Mahomes reportedly plan on revisiting his contract again following the 2026 season.

Patrick Mahomes listens

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes listens to the play calls during the first half of the preseason game against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field  in Chicago on Aug. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/David Banks)

Hunt’s words on Mahomes are based off of what the Texas Tech product has been able to accomplish since he was chosen 10th overall by the franchise in the 2017 NFL Draft. 

Mahomes has two Super Bowls — and two Super Bowl MVPs — under his belt after three trips to the final game of the NFL season in six seasons prior to this year’s campaign getting underway. One of them came last year, during which Mahomes was also named the league’s MVP after throwing for 5,250 yards and 41 touchdowns — both league leaders — with a 67.1 completion percentage over 17 regular season games. 

Mahomes also won MVP honors during the 2018 campaign, during which he threw for 50 touchdowns in his first season as the team’s starter. Five Pro Bowls, two first-team All-Pro designations and many more accolades have many believing Mahomes is pegged for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. 

But Mahomes’ drive to be the best the game has ever seen pushes him to win each gameday, and hoist as many trophies as he can with his teammates. 

Patrick Mahomes vs the Seattle Seahawks

Patrick Mahomes of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on during pregame against the Seattle Seahawks at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri, on Dec. 24, 2022. (David Eulitt/Getty Images)

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As long as he continues to work his “Mahomes Magic” on the gridiron, the Chiefs won’t mind restructuring his deal to accommodate his worth.  

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