Patrick Mahomes Says He Wants Contract to Keep Him with Chiefs for 'A Long Time'

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistMay 1, 2020

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) reacts against the San Francisco 49ers during the NFL Super Bowl 54 football game Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, in Miami Gardens, Fla. (AP Photo/Adam Hunger)
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Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes said Friday he wants to remain with the team for a "long time" and hopes to receive a contract extension showcasing a similar commitment from the organization.

"I want to be a Chief for a long time and have a contract that says that," Mahomes told reporters, adding he "trusts" the front office and his representatives to work out a new deal.

The 24-year-old Texas Tech product led Kansas City to the Super Bowl LIV title last season. He earned MVP honors in the championship game after throwing for 286 yards, rushing for 29 yards and totaling three touchdowns in a 31-20 victory over the San Francisco 49ers.

He was previously named the 2018 regular-season MVP after throwing 50 touchdown passes, tying Tom Brady for the second-highest total in NFL history, and racking up over 5,000 yards.

Mahomes is set to become one of the biggest contract bargains in all of sports as he'll count just $5.3 million against the salary cap in 2020, the fourth year of his rookie deal. That ranks 29th among the league's quarterbacks, per Spotrac.

The Chiefs also exercised the fifth-year option in the contract for the 2021 season. His salary is projected to rocket to $24.8 million next year if an extension isn't reached, though.

Between that option and the potential use of the franchise tag, Mahomes is still several years from potentially hitting the free-agent market. Nevertheless, Chiefs general manager Brett Veach said getting a new deal in place is high on the club's to-do list.

"Pat is a priority, and the way we look at it now with all that's going on, I mean, we're going to have a lot of time to work with," Veach said in April. "Again, just Pat and his agents, Chris (Cabott) and Leigh Steinberg, they know that Pat is a priority. Pat isn't going anywhere. He's going to be here for a long time."

Mahomes and the Chiefs have the makings of a dynasty. After winning last year's title, they are the clear favorite (4-1 odds) to win next season's Super Bowl with the Niners and Baltimore Ravens (8-1) next on the list, according to Caesars Palace.

The championship window is directly tied to the two-time Pro Bowl selection's presence under center, however, and that's why a long-term extension is crucial.