A quarterback on a rookie deal is great for an NFL team and the KC Chiefs are fortunate that Patrick Mahomes’ current deal is as team-friendly as it is.
For the moment, however, they’re lucky that Mahomes is on the deal that he is and it’s why he’s Brent Sobleski of Bleacher Report’s pick for the Chiefs when it comes to who has the best value contract.
"The reigning Super Bowl MVP, the 2018 NFL MVP and the game’s best quarterback, he has a paltry $5.32 million salary-cap hit in the fourth year of his rookie contract. He’ll be the game’s 30th-highest-paid quarterback, and he’s even lower in actual cash spent at $2.8 million."
Any time a team can have a quarterback on a rookie deal, that gives them the funds necessary to bring in prime talent in free agency to help the team compete. We saw just how much Mahomes being on a cheap deal benefitted the Chiefs, as they made it to the AFC Championship Game twice and made it to the Super Bowl and won the dang thing this past season.
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They were able to sign key playmakers like Sammy Watkins, Tyrann Mathieu, and Frank Clark due to how affordable Mahomes’ rookie deal was and we saw how much of an impact those three players had during the 2019 playoff run.
While it’s still very possible for the Chiefs to win the Super Bowl again even after Mahomes gets paid, it won’t be as easy for the organization to sign big names in free agency. We’re even seeing right now how they’re struggling to keep Chris Jones because they’re on the verge of paying Mahomes.
What’s even crazier when thinking about Mahomes’ deal is how backup quarterbacks in the league are actually set to make more money than him and Sobleski mentions that in his write-up.
"More actual money will go to Chase Daniel and A.J. McCarron if Mahomes doesn’t renegotiate his current deal before the start of the ’20 campaign."
Mahomes has been a bargain for the Chiefs. He most definitely deserves any amount of money that he wants from the team who drafted him in the first round in 2017 and while it will make it much more difficult to sign talent, any time Patrick Mahomes is taking the field, the Kansas City Chiefs are always in prime position to win.
What more could you ask for?