The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes is expected to become the highest-paid quarterback in the NFL in the near future, according to recent rumors circulating in the league.
Mahomes inked the record of the highest average per year by roughly $10 million, to $45 million annually by signing his current 12-year contract with the Chiefs, albeit following QB Lamar Jackson’s $52 million per year with the Baltimore Ravens, the 2022 NFL MVP has fallen $7 million per year behind the highest-paid player in the sport despite arguably being the best QB in the league.
Patrick Mahomes is expected to nudge the bar for the highest-paid player in NFL
According to Mike Florio of Pro Football Talk, a reworked deal between the Kansas City Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes is expected to happen before the 2023 NFL season kicks off, and the veteran QB is likely to reset the QB market.
“Chiefs G.M. Brett Veach already has vowed to address the Mahomes deal after more quarterback contracts are completed. While Veach didn’t delve into any specifics, here’s what reasonably should be expected, based on our conversations with folks aware of the dynamics of the situation. Expect Mahomes, before the season begins, to once again be the highest-paid player in league history”, the source said.
Report: #Chiefs are expected to re-do Patrick Mahomes' contract to make him the highest-paid player in NFL history, per Mike Florio.
Florio says that after talking to people about it, it's expected to happen prior to the beginning of the 2023 season.
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The exact details of the contract have not been disclosed, however, Florio expects the deal to happen in the coming weeks or months.
“Whether big-picture proclamations or devilish details, a new deal is coming for Mahomes, sooner than later. He has more than earned it. With each new quarterback deal that is done, his own situation becomes more glaring. Look for that to at least be partially rectified in the coming weeks or months”, he added.
The Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt earlier offered his candid remark on the Patricks’ multi-year deal with a shocking statement saying Mahomes will never make what he is truly worth to the team and gushed about the promising QB saying he intended to give the team flexibility to afford him and structure the contract according to the team’s capability.
The soon-to-be sixth-year starting quarterback completed 67.1% of his passes for 5,250 yards, 41 touchdowns, and 12 interceptions for a 105.2 passer rating, leading the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns, and helping the franchise dominate the AFC West after struggling for years.
The 27-year-old has already accomplished a great deal in his young career, including two Pro Bowl selections, two MVP awards, and two Super Bowl championships. If the rumors are true, he may soon add the title of highest-paid quarterback to his impressive list of accomplishments.
It remains to be seen when the deal will be announced, however, Mahomes should not be swayed by all the money getting thrown around. Instead, if he tries to keep his performance consistent, fame and fortune will likely follow.