3 Underrated Chiefs Who Earned Contract Extensions

Brett Veach needs to keep these guys in 2024
Mecole Hardman caught the game-winning TD in the Super Bowl 58 win
Mecole Hardman caught the game-winning TD in the Super Bowl 58 win / Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports
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2. Mecole Hardman - WR

What a journey it's been for the former second-round pick. After being let go by the Chiefs last offseason, he returned from the Jets in a trade and saw inconsistent playing time before nearly costing Kansas City the win against Buffalo with an untimely fumble.

Now, he'll live forever as the man who caught the game-winning TD in Super Bowl LVIII. Hardman finished with three catches for 57 yards, including one 52-yard bomb, but had his career-defining moment in overtime, catching a three-yard TD pass from Patrick Mahomes to officially clinch the win.

Hardman was only on the field for 19 snaps, though he made the most of his opportunity. In a year seemingly full of redemption stories, Hardman's heroics cannot be overshadowed.

There's something to be said about how much his teammates revere him as well, evidenced by Travis Kelce calling him one of his favorite teammates ever.

He doesn't have a contract for next year as it stands. Hardman didn't have many suitors in last year's free agency market and with numerous star receivers looking for a new team on top of a stellar draft class, it shouldn't take much to keep Hardman on the team.

If Kelce's comments are any indication, the positivity Hardman brings to the locker room alone should make Veach think long and hard about resigning him.

At the very least, we can know for a fact that Hardman can be trusted in the biggest moments. He's been here for all three Super Bowl rings, and here's hoping he'll get the opportunity to win a fourth next season.

This final player is still under contract, but is someone the Chiefs should try to extend before the price tag goes up even more.