Patrick Mahomes has been in the news for the last week now. The Texas-born QB signed a 10-year contract extension with Kansas City Chiefs earlier this week. As per multiple reports, Mahomes is looking to earn north of $450 million over the course of 10 years.
By the time his contract ends in 2031, Pat Mahomes can cash in up to $503 million ($50+ million in added performance-related bonuses).
However, there are some NFL experts and analysts who believe that Mahomes took a huge risk by signing such a long-term deal.
Former NFL player Marcellus Willey appeared on the Speak For Yourself show along with Emmanuel Acho and LaVar Arrington. Willey spoke briefly about the Patrick Mahomes deal.
He said the full form of the NFL is the ‘Not For Long’ league. This could be the reason behind why Mahomes’ 10-year extension could flop by 2031.
“I fully respect that he’s trying to build a legacy which is more of a story on top of accomplishment and production. It’s more of a glossy story.
“This is the problem. When you hitch your wagon to something that’s not going to be there for long, and that’s just the way it goes in the NFL, what do you do when you talk about your head coach – Andy Reid?”He’s only had three losing seasons in 21 years and you’re like ‘Uh if Andy Reid is here we’re going to win some football games, duh’.
“But the problem is, Andy Reid is the fourth oldest coach in the NFL young man. At 62 years old, you know who’s the oldest coach to win a Super Bowl? His name is Bill Belichick (won it at 66),” Willey said.
Mahomes is arguably one of the top three QBs in the NFL right now, along with Russell Wilson and Lamar Jackson. He was magnificent for Kansas City over the last two NFL seasons.
Pat won the NFL MVP award in 2018 with record-setting stats that were on par with legend Peyton Manning. He also bagged the Super Bowl MVP award in 2019 as helped the Chiefs win the coveted trophy after a 50-year drought. However, a 10-year commitment can prove to be a risky move.
NFL players, especially quarterbacks), tend to suffer serious injuries over the course of their careers (Cam Newton, Teddy Bridgewater and others). So will things go as planned for Pat Mahomes and Kansas City or will this gamble take a turn for the worse by 2031?