Ma­homes hits jack­pot

Chiefs, su­per­star QB agree to 10-year, $503M ex­ten­sion

Chicago Sun-Times - - SPORTS - BY ROB MAADDI

The Chiefs made sure they’ll have Su­per Bowl most valu­able player Pa­trick Ma­homes around for as long as pos­si­ble.

Ma­homes, 24, agreed to terms on a 10-year con­tract ex­ten­sion worth $503 million, ac­cord­ing to his agency, Stein­berg Sports. The deal is worth $477 million in guar­an­tee mech­a­nisms and in­cludes a no-trade clause and opt-out clauses if those mech­a­nisms aren’t met.

It’s the rich­est con­tract in pro sports his­tory, sur­pass­ing out­fielder Mike Trout’s $426.5 million deal with the An­gels.

‘‘Since he joined the Chiefs just a few years ago, Pa­trick has de­vel­oped into one of the most pro­lific ath­letes in all of sports,’’ Chiefs chair­man Clark Hunt said in a state­ment about Ma­homes, who led the team to its first championsh­ip in 50 years in Fe­bru­ary.

‘‘With his dy­namic play and in­fec­tious per­son­al­ity, he is one of the most rec­og­nized and beloved fig­ures to put on the Chiefs uni­form. He’s an ex­tra­or­di­nary leader and a credit to the Kansas City com­mu­nity, and I’m de­lighted that he will be a mem­ber of the Chiefs for many years to come.’’

The Chiefs had Ma­homes, the NFL’s MVP in 2018, un­der con­tract for the next two sea­sons, but that wasn’t nearly enough.

‘‘Here to stay,’’ Ma­homes wrote on Twit­ter.

The Chiefs al­ready had picked up their fifth-year op­tion on Ma­homes, who had been sched­uled to make $825,000 in the fi­nal year of his rookie con­tract this sea­son, to keep him around at least through 2021.

Gen­eral man­ager Brett Veach said the long-term deal has been a pri­or­ity for quite a while and thanked Ma­homes’ agents, Leigh Stein­berg and Chris Cabott.

‘‘His abil­i­ties are so rare, and to cou­ple that with an in­cred­i­ble per­son­al­ity is out­stand­ing,’’ Veach said of Ma­homes. ‘‘We’re go­ing to con­tinue to do every­thing we can to sur­round him with tal­ent, and this deal pro­vides us more flex­i­bil­ity to do that . . . . We’re thrilled he’s go­ing to be the quar­ter­back of the Kansas City Chiefs for a long time.’’

Ma­homes, whom the Bears by­passed in fa­vor of Mitch Tru­bisky with the No. 2 pick of the 2017 draft, threw touch­down passes on con­sec­u­tive fourthquar­ter drives to rally the Chiefs past the 49ers for their first Su­per Bowl title in 50 years. That come­back per­for­mance earned Ma­homes the Su­per Bowl MVP.

Coach Andy Reid said the best part is that Ma­homes is still early in his ca­reer. He won’t turn 25 un­til Sept. 17.

‘‘He’s a nat­u­ral leader and al­ways grind­ing,’’ Reid said. ‘‘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.’’

Ma­homes is 24-7 as a starter, com­plet­ing 65.9% of his passes — 724-for-1,099 — for 9,412 yards with 76 touch­downs and only 18 in­ter­cep­tions. He has a 108.9 ca­reer quar­ter­back rating.

Quar­ter­back Pa­trick Ma­homes cel­e­brates af­ter lead­ing the Chiefs to their first Su­per Bowl title in 50 years in Fe­bru­ary.

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