Patrick Mahomes sought safety and flexibility of chefs in historic agreement

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Patrick Mahomes said he had two goals for his new contract when extension talks started with the Kansas City Chiefs earlier this summer: he wanted long-term security and he wanted to leave the Chiefs with sufficient financial flexibility. to build a strong team around him.Mahomes said Tuesday he is confident he has achieved both by signing a 10-year extension that could earn him up to $ 503 million and is the richest contract in American professional sports . Combined with the two seasons of his current contract, Mahomes is linked to the Chiefs throughout the 2031 season.

“Not only does it give me the security I have always wanted, it also allows the team to be great around me for the duration of my career,” said Mahomes. “I have full confidence that things will be headed in the right direction throughout this career and that we will be able to win a lot of football games and hopefully win a lot more championships during my career.

“It’s an exciting time. I’m just glad I can continue to build this legacy in Kansas City. ”

Mahomes said he relied on his father, Pat, and his sponsor, LaTroy Hawkins, for advice. The two were long-time pitchers for the Major League Baseball.

“They didn’t sign this long-term contract, but they did see players who did it and … how they got to play freely knowing they had the security they always wanted,” said said Mahomes. The biggest thing they preached to me is much the same as I already thought. It was good to hear them. You want to have great players around you. You don’t want to be a guy who takes all the money and then all of a sudden you have to sign different guys who will take cheaper offers. We’re going to be able to reward the players and keep a lot of these guys who built the culture before I was even here. ”

Signing for the next 12 seasons required great confidence from Mahomes. It is impossible to know what the chiefs will have in place around him far beyond the immediate future. Coach Andy Reid, for example, is 62, although he seems to enjoy coaching as much as he has ever done. Mahomes said he had consulted Reid before signing such a long extension.

“He said he didn’t expect to be retired anytime soon,” said Mahomes. “Obviously, it’s a huge part of that. Having Brett Veach, a young general manager who did an excellent editorial job and put a lot of great players around me, was certainly another huge boost of confidence in signing this 10 year extension.

“You can’t do this with every organization. When you have an organization with the stability and culture that we have in organizing leaders, I felt very comfortable. I have a lot of confidence that I can make a contract as knowing that we will have the same stability by the time I am at the end of this contract. ”

The leaders said they had no problem granting Mahomes, who is only 24, a long extension. He has yet to disappoint them in his two seasons as a starting quarterback. He was the NFL player of choice in 2018 and last season led the Chiefs to their first Super Bowl championship in 50 years.

“There are still a lot of improvements for Pat in his game,” said Veach. “He continues to grow and learn. He is hungry. He is a special child. At such a young age, he is so mature. ”

As the 2018 season started and the type of player Mahomes quickly became apparent, Veach met with the chiefs’ salary cap directors and began to prepare what he called a “baseball contract” for Mahomes. The Mahomes deal tops the contract signed last year by Los Angeles star Angels Mike Trout, who signed for 12 years and nearly $ 427 million.

“If there’s ever been one player who truly deserves the biggest contract in American sport history, it’s Pat Mahomes,” said Veach.

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