The Kansas City Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes in a world-record deal. The contract will fetch Mahomes a sum of $450 million over the next 10 years. Not only is this bargain a unique one in the history of the NFL, but it is the highest ever payout in the history of global sports.
Now, while the majority of the NFL fraternity is amazed by this deal, former Philadelphia Eagles running back Brian Westbrook is surprised.
He believes that the situation is rather unprecedented considering how the financial stake in the deal is breathtakingly high and 10-year commitment even more so.
In an interview with First Things First, the 40-year-old former footballer shared his opinion about Mahomes’ phenomenal contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
He said, “When you’re in NFL locker rooms, and these types of contracts come across, you’ll always say ’wow’. You’d say, this is baseball money. This is A-Rod money. Back in 07, when he got that big deal from the Yankees.
“This is the amount of money you just marvel at because not just because of the number of years, but I think it feels like it’s unprecedented, but also the amount of money.
“Think about this. I think this is where Nick maybe delusional as far as the Chiefs having a better in-debit. Because Patrick Mahomes I think has a much better in-debit.
“He is 24 years old. He has only started 36 games in his career, he has two years left in his deal. And he got a team to commit to him in the league, where you have a bunch of injuries every single year at the quarterback position, for 10 additional years. To me, that’s amazing.”
He also raised concerns regarding the sustainability of the deal. Considering how football is a game that witnesses year-long injuries, committing for 10 years might not prove fruitful in the end.
He continued, “I respect Andrew Reid, I have been with those guys. I’m just a little shocked. Because they said they want Patrick Mahomes for ten years. And listen, 10 years is a long time.
“Think, in 2010, Aaron Rodgers won the Super Bowl. He was 27 years old. And in my mind, I’m saying, you know what? Aaron Rodgers would lead his pack of the team to multiple Super Bowls in the next ten years or so.
“And in the last 20 years, you say between 2010 and 2020, they’ve only had 13 playoff games. He only won six of those games. So when you’re talking about a 10-year commitment, that’s a long time. And you’re also saying that you want this one player for a long time. And I agree that it’s a great deal at this point, but 10 years is a very long time.”
Indeed, Mahomes has been a match-winner for the Chiefs. It was almost his singlehanded effort that broke the Kansas City-based side’s 50-year Super Bowl drought.
What was more amazing is that they won last season’s final after trailing against the San Francisco 49ers by double digits. The Chiefs would expect the 24-year olf quarterback to deliver every time he gets on the field.
But, practically, how many Super Bowls can Mahomes help his team win over in the upcoming decade, only time can reveal.
For his worth to the team can only be measured towards the end of his tenure.