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NFL Rumors: Travis Kelce, Chiefs Agree to New Contract to Give a Raise for 2022

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJuly 27, 2022

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Kansas City Chiefs All-Pro tight end Travis Kelce is reportedly getting a raise in salary for the 2022 season.

According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, Kelce and the Chiefs agreed to an adjusted contract Wednesday that will see $3 million "moved from the back of the deal to properly compensate" him.

Ian Rapoport @RapSheet

The <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Chiefs?src=hash&amp;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#Chiefs</a> moved $3M forward from the back of Travis Kelce’s contract, giving him a raise for 2022, source said. <a href="https://t.co/MltYWFTZoB">https://t.co/MltYWFTZoB</a>

Per Spotrac, Kelce signed a four-year, $57.25 million contract extension with the Chiefs in 2020 that included $22.75 million in guaranteed money.

The 32-year-old Kelce has been the NFL's premier tight end for the past several seasons, building a strong Hall of Fame-worthy resume along the way.

Kelce has been named to the Pro Bowl in each of the past seven seasons, and the nine-year pro is a three-time first-team All-Pro to boot.

Perhaps most impressively, Kelce has eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark six seasons in a row, making him the first tight end in NFL history to accomplish that feat.

The one-time Super Bowl champion was as good as ever last season, finishing with 92 receptions for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games for a Chiefs team that won the AFC West and reached the AFC Championship Game.

Kelce was dominant during the playoffs as well, racking up 23 grabs for 299 yards and three touchdowns in three games.

While Kelce has long been a key to the success of quarterback Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs as a whole, he may be even more integral in 2022 following Kansas City's decision to trade wide receiver Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins.

Kelce and Hill had been 1A and 1B in terms of Mahomes' favorite targets, but now there is no debate that Kelce will be the go-to guy.

Wide receiver Mecole Hardman is returning, plus the Chiefs signed wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency, but none of them come close to matching the impact Kelce has on an offense.

KC's AFC West rivals in the Los Angeles Chargers, Denver Broncos and Las Vegas Raiders all got significantly better this offseason, leading to some questions regarding whether the Chiefs can maintain their spot atop the division.

If they are going to do so, they will likely need Kelce to enjoy one of his best seasons yet in 2022.

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