The Kansas City Chiefs signed Patrick Mahomes to a ten-year deal, making them Super Bowl favorites for the next decade.
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For as long as I have been swept up in the fandom of professional football, the favorites to win the Super Bowl have always been the New England Patriots and not the Kansas City Chiefs.
There are several reasons that factor into the Pats always being favored to win with one constant throughout the years being the best head coach-quarterback duos in the league, that of Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.
Now, in an offseason of change and uncertainty all around the league both on and off the field, it seems as though the torch is being passed. Brady has left the AFC for the NFC, moving from New England to Tampa Bay, while Mahomes is staying in the AFC for a long time.
Patrick Mahomes just signed a 10-year deal worth $477 million guaranteed with the ability to make up to $503 million. It’s a lot of dough, but Mahomes earned every penny of that for what he did so far in his young career.
For the last two seasons, fans and rivals of the Chiefs alike have been treated to and witnessed jaw dropping plays by the most electrifying player the league has ever seen. On any given Sunday, Mahomes could throw a no-look pass, a left-handed shot put 30 yards down field, or run it himself down a tight rope for a 20 yard touchdown.
In his first season, he threw 50 touchdowns for 5,000 yards and was named league MVP and it wasn’t even close. In his next season as a starter, he put up somewhat more modest numbers due to injury, but still had a fantastic season and went on to win the Super Bowl and was MVP of the big game.
The most common discussion around Kansas City during this time without Royals baseball to watch was just how big will Mahomes contract extension be. Now we know and it’s a boatload of cash.
I thought it would be around five years for 200 million, but I doubt anyone predicted what the numbers would really be. Everyone knew it would be the richest contract in league history, but we had no idea just how much.
This deal guaranteed that the Kansas City Chiefs would be favored in every Super Bowl until 2031 when Mahomes’ contract would be scheduled to run out.
It is the beginning of a new age in professional football, and Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are poised to be the team to beat for the next ten years. There has never been a duo like Andy Reid and Mahomes; Reid with his offensively genius mind constantly coming up with new plays the likes of which are rarely seen.
With a brilliant mind such as Reid’s coming up with the plays, and an other worldly talent at quarterback, the Chiefs will have a new bag of tricks every time they take the field. Even if a team is able to score some points on them here and there, no lead is safe against Mahomes and the Chiefs – Just ask the Texans, Titans, and 49ers.
Mahomes is surrounded on the offensive side of the ball by an embarrassment of riches. He has targets he can pass the ball to such as Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce and dependable running backs such as Damien Williams and the up and coming Clyde Edwards-Helaire.
Not to mention, Mahomes will have one of the best offensive lines in the league that will keep him upright. The Chiefs also have a constantly improving defense on the other side of the ball.
With the exception of Mahomes himself, offensive weapons will come and go throughout the years. Mahomes will probably not have Hill and Kelce for the next ten years, but the Chiefs front office has already proven a knack for selecting talent and Reid will be there to mold that talent into the weapons that Mahomes needs to continue his reign as the most prolific quarterback in the league.
Speaking of molding talent, Reid is not even finished molding Mahomes himself. Throughout the last two seasons, Mahomes is already widely believed to be the best quarterback in the league, and the detail that keeps sticking in my mind is that he probably isn’t even as good as he has the potential to be.
Patrick Mahomes is only 24 years old, and has only been in the league for three years and a starter for two. It stands to reason that while it is hard to process, Mahomes might actually improve and get even better with time, experience, and the right molding and shaping by head coach Andy Reid.
For the next ten years, with Mahomes at quarterback, I don’t see any other team in the AFC being picked as Super Bowl favorites. The only team that could even come close would be the Ravens, for credit must be given to Lamar Jackson.
Jackson and the Ravens are a force to be reckoned with, and they demand our respect and that of the Chiefs, but until they are able to get over that hump of playoff collapse, they will be always be a few steps behind Mahomes and the Chiefs.
With a rocket ship offense, a rapidly improving defense with a solid defensive coordinator, an offensive guru at head coach, the ability of the team to select and mold supreme talent, and showtime Mahomes officially here to stay (at least until 2031), Arrowhead needs to make room in its trophy case.
There isn’t going to be anymore 50-year Super Bowl draughts because the Kansas City Chiefs will be in the Super Bowl conversation every year for the foreseeable future.