By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Kansas City Chiefs won their first Super Bowl Championship in 50-years. Now, they’ve locked up their core players to make runs at the title for years to come.
General Manager Brett Veach has had a very busy off-season. First, he signed star quarterback Patrick Mahomes II to a massive contract. Then, he locked up Chris Jones to a long-term deal.
On Thursday, he signed tight end Travis Kelce to a contract extension. With this new deal, Kelce will now be with the franchise for the next six seasons.
This deal could be potentially his last one in the NFL. Once this new deal kicks in during the the 2022 season, it’s a four-year, $57.5 million deal.
Kelce will receive $28 million in guaranteed money. In addition, he will have an average salary of $14.3 million per season.
“The guys coming in this office, they know what this team is capable of,” he said as the Chiefs reported to training camp, which is being held at their practice facility because of the coronavirus pandemic. “It shows in what we did last year and who all we have coming back, which means we have just about every single leader that we had in this locker room.”
Kelce inked his new deal on the same day that the San Francisco 49ers re-signed tight end George Kittle. He signed a five-year, $75 million deal with the 49ers to make him the highest-paid tight end in the league.
Kelce has made the Pro Bowl the past five seasons. He’s also had four straight seasons with 1,000 receiving yards or more.
He is a big part of the Chiefs offensive attack. He impressed Tennessee Titans head coach Mike Vrabel during their AFC Conference Championship win over the Titans, as he had six receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown in the game.
“He’s athletic. I think he’s instinctive. His routes don’t look like anybody else’s routes,” Titans coach Mike Vrabel said. “I mean, the route is to get open at whatever depth the quarterback wants. He can freeze guys, and then burst across the field. He’s got great catch radius. I mean, he’s tall, he’s long, he’s athletic, he’s tough, and it’s a tough challenge.”