The Chiefs gave Patrick Mahomes, their former 10th pick, a new 10-year deal
In case a large population is living under a rock, then the news of the new deal MVP and Super Bowl winning quarterback Patrick Mahomes agreed to yesterday should be no surprise today. Worth up to over a half of a billion dollars, Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs are married together for at least the next decade.
A 10-year deal worth up to $503 million, Mahomes signs the richest deal by a professional athlete ever. It was not too long ago, just over three years, where nine teams passed on his services before he landed with the Chiefs at pick 10 of the 2017 NFL Draft.
From pick 10 to 10-year deal.
A history lesson on regret in 2017
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Nine teams passed on Mahomes. Nine. Only one, however, took a quarterback in front of the Chiefs at pick number two as the Chicago Bears moved up one spot to land former North Carolina one-year starter Mitch Trubisky.
Despite having Alex Smith on the roster, fresh off of a postseason appearance, the Chiefs set their sights on the Texas Tech quarterback with the big arm. Moving up 17 spots to land the new future of their franchise, the price of an additional third rounder and a future first round pick.
There have been rumblings since then the Cleveland Browns had their eye on Mahomes at the 12th pick in the draft before Kansas City traded up to nab him. The Browns would then trade the 12th pick to the Houston Texans, who took Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson.
Needless to say, today is not a good day to be a Bears fan.
The NFL Draft is always a crap shoot, and hindsight is always 2020, but the 2017 NFL Draft will go down as one of the biggest whiffs in history. The Chiefs get lucky three years ago, and now they have Mahomes locked up until he is 35 years old as they will try to build around him.