“It’s a beautiful thing, and you know what, this Kansas City community, I love you and I am grateful that I can be here for the next six years,” Kelce said.
Kelce last season became the first tight end in NFL history to have four consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. He caught 97 passes for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns last season, then added 19 more receptions for 207 yards and four touchdowns in the playoffs.
Kelce’s 1-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl saw the Chiefs rally go from a 10-point deficit to a 31-20 win over the 49ers.
Kelce is the last Chiefs veteran to stay with the club, joining Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. All of them either accepted a restructured contract or signed a new agreement.
“I think there are a lot of reasons,” Kelce said. “One is because we have great guys in the locker room, we have great guys in the facility, great people in the facility and overall it’s a fun atmosphere. every time we come to work. And guys don’t want to leave that, guys want to keep building on it. And it’s a great thing when you have confidence in yourself, want to make changes with yourself in terms of season and community. And then on top of that, just go play soccer with some guys who come to work every day and fight for you.
« Le front office – [general manager] Brett Veach, entraîneur [Andy] Reid, [chairman] Clark Hunt, [president] Mark Donovan – the guys who really put this organization in place and bring everyone together and put everyone on the same page – we have all the confidence in the world that these guys are going to make it happen and be worth it. while we’re here. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunities we’ve had so far, and you know what? We will strive every day to do the best that is yet to come. ”
The Chiefs drafted Kelce in the third round in 2013, shortly after hiring Reid.
“He always comes to work every day to get better,” said Reid. “And you like that part of him. It brings energy every day. I had the chance to train his brother [Jason, with the Philadelphia Eagles], and they’re both that way. They’re wired where they want to be the best, but love to play the game like no other, like you’re playing in the garden genre. “