The Kansas City Chiefs and tight end Travis Kelce have agreed to a five-year extension worth $46 million with $20.5 million in guarantees, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network.
Kelce, 26, will be in the last year of his rookie contract in 2016, and is scheduled to make $979, 126. Starting in 2017, his extension will kick in, and he will become the second-highest paid tight end in the NFL.
Kelce has been nothing short of excellent throughout the last two seasons. The University of Cincinnati product lost his rookie year after having to undergo microfracture surgery on his knee. In 2014, Kelce broke out for 862 yards and five touchdowns. This year, Kelce recorded career-highs in receptions (72) and receiving yard (875) and earned his first Pro Bowl berth.
The Chiefs released a statement on the signing on Kelce, who is down in Honolulu in preparations for the Pro Bowl.
"“Today we reached an agreement with Travis and his representatives on a contract extension,” Chiefs General Manager John Dorsey said. “He’s a talented football player that has become an important piece to what we do offensively. Travis is a high-character guy and a leader in our locker room.”"
All of this comes on the heels of yesterday’s news, which was Kelce becoming the star of his own dating show on E! entitled, Catching Kelce.
Apparently, Kansas City won the competition.