With the contacts of Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones, the Chiefs could be setting themselves up to win for several years to come.
The Chiefs have been making it rain with cash and contract extensions this off-season.
NFL Network Insider Ian Rapoport reported Tuesday that the Chiefs and star DT Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract worth $85 million. The deal includes $60 million in guaranteed money. This comes a little over a week after Patrick Mahomes signed his record-breaking 10-year, $503 million extension.
It appears that the Chiefs have found a money tree growing in Kansas City, especially since it was reported that the team had $177 in cap space back in March. They couldn’t even afford an Xbox. Yet, along with Mahomes and Jones, they were also able to keep Demarcus Robinson, Sammy Watkins, Bashaud Breeland, Anthony Sherman, Chad Henne, and Matt Moore. They were also able to bring in free agents Mike Remmers, Ricky Seals-Jones, and Taco Charlton.
GM Brett Veach is a wizard and has quickly become one of the greatest general managers in Chiefs history (get your In Veach We Trust shirts at shoparrowheadlive.com).
But my concern was never with Brett Veach. I was concerned with Andy Reid. I wrote an article back in May about how Reid could be setting everything up for one last run. At the time, the Mahomes deal was not done, Chris Jones looked like he was going to get the franchise tag and play his last year with the team, and there are several players whose contracts are set to expire after next season.
However, Patrick Mohomes’ deal is done now, and Andy Reid has no plans to slow down. In an interview with Herbie Teope of the Kansas City Star, Reid expressed his excitement about working with Mahomes after his new contract.
“Listen, if it takes me into my 70s, then let’s roll.” The head coach stated. “I’m ready to go.”
On Tuesday, Chris Jones’ deal was announced, which now means that one of the cornerstones of this defense isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. The new deal for Patrick Mahomes actually allowed for some wiggle room in the next two seasons. Mahomes said that being able to keep good players around him was a reason for not trying to break the bank.
Now, it is still true that there are several players whose contracts will be up at the end of the 2020 season. While resigning all of them is highly unlikely, the Chris Jones deal should provide hope that several key pieces could be brought back after this season. Usually, when a team gives their quarterback a big-time deal, there isn’t enough to go around for everybody. So far, that hasn’t been the case in Kansas City.
It has only been a couple of months since I made the claim that Andy Reid might not be playing a dynasty, but he and Brett Veach are working hard to completely prove me wrong. They still have to go out and win the trophies, but with Mahomes and Jones locked up for the foreseeable future and Andy Reid talking about coaching into his 70s, winning multiple trophies is now the expectation.