Andy Reid’s remarks to Patrick Mahomes new contract say why the Chiefs committed like they did.
Andy Reid found a way to say what we are all thinking.
Chiefs Kingdom came to life on Monday with the news that the Kansas City Chiefs had signed starting quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a whopping 10-year deal worth up to more than $500 million total. It was the single largest contract given out in the history of the NFL—in the history of American sports as well—and fans were ecstatic upon hearing the news. It meant the face of the franchise was going to remain that way for life.
After the contract was leaked to the press, the team put out official statements from team owner Clark Hunt, general manager Brett Veach and head coach Andy Reid. Mahomes’ head coach said the team was “blessed” to have him under center and Reid also provided perspective on why the Chiefs felt comfortable enough to agree to such a tremendous deal.
"“I’ve had the privilege of coaching a lot of incredible athletes and special people in my career, and Patrick is without question on that list of players.” Chiefs Head Coach Andy Reid said. “The best part is he’s still early in his career. He’s a natural leader and always grinding, whether that’s on the field, in the weight room or watching film, he wants to be the best. He’s a competitor and his teammates feed off his energy. He makes us all better as an organization and we are blessed he’s going to be our quarterback for years to come.”"
To date, Mahomes has been a model citizen off the field. It’s impossible to dislike Mahomes, who has been kind to fans at every turn and charitable toward needy causes in the K.C. metro area and beyond. Through his 15 and the Mahomies foundation, the Chiefs quarterback has given toward children in need through various endeavors. Most recently he provided college scholarships for the children of 15 Navy Seals through the SEAL Legacy Foundation.
On the field, Mahomes is, of course, already a legendary performer, an owner of an NFL Most Valuable Player Award and a Super Bowl win in just his first two seasons as a starter. He’s a member of the 50/5,000 club after throwing 50 touchdown passes and over 5,000 passing yards in his first full season as a starter. In his second year, the Chiefs defense was much improved and Mahomes didn’t have to get into a shootout each and every week. The stats fell a bit, but his decision-making improved and that awareness ended the Chiefs championship drought of 50 years.
Despite the incoming wealth, the Chiefs clearly believe he can handle the burden and responsibility that comes with such a contract. Mahomes only wants to make himself better and we’re likely going to see that drive continue even with such a staggering extension to his name.