The Kansas Metropolis Chiefs exercised their fifth-year possibility on Tremendous Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes on Thursday, the crew stated, which can assure that he can be beneath contract with the membership for a minimum of the following two seasons.
Nevertheless, normal supervisor Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid are decided that the 2 sides will attain a long-term deal by the beginning of coaching camp. The projected contract may final 4 or 5 years, and Mahomes would doubtlessly be the primary participant in NFL historical past to make a minimum of $40 million per season.
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“I wish to assume we’re pretty assured and we’ve lots of time,” stated Veach, who can be attempting to strike a long-term deal for Professional Bowl defensive deal with Chris Jones. “These gamers are cornerstones of the group. Now that the draft is over, the free company interval — right here with this pandemic, there was lots of disruption — now that that is behind us, we’ve a window the place we are able to reset as a company and get collectively.”
The Chiefs had till Could four to train their possibility on Mahomes, who will make $825,000 on the ultimate 12 months of his rookie contract and would make practically $25 million in the course of the possibility 12 months.
Groups are allowed to make use of a fifth-year possibility on gamers chosen within the first spherical of the NFL Draft.
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“I believe you depend on communication, belief, creativity, dialogue,” Veach stated. “We now have time, and the final word purpose for each camps is similar, and that is to ascertain an extended line of profitable right here and to proceed the inspiration that we laid the day we drafted him, then going to the AFC Championship recreation, then following up with a Tremendous Bowl win.”
The Chiefs traded as much as choose Mahomes with the No. 10 general decide within the 2017 draft, and he spent one season behind quarterback Alex Smith earlier than taking up because the starter the next 12 months. Mahomes gained the NFL MVP award his first season beneath middle for the Chiefs, and he guided the crew to the AFC Championship earlier than falling to the New England Patriots in extra time.
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Mahomes handled some nagging accidents final season and missed two video games, however he got here again to steer the Chiefs to a profitable streak that ended with consecutive come-from-behind wins within the playoffs over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans, and within the Tremendous Bowl to beat the San Francisco 49ers.
The Related Press contributed to this report.