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Patrick Mahomes expands upon rookie year endorsements strategy

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The Chiefs quarterback explained that it was a group decision between his representatives and the team

Word circulated Monday that Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes intentionally avoided endorsement deals as a rookie in 2017 under the tutelage of Alex Smith.

In an article from ESPN, Mahomes’ agent, Leigh Steinberg, explained that it was all part of the strategy of integrating him into the NFL.

“I talked through with him the process of maturation and process of integration that many of our quarterbacks have went through, whether it was Troy Aikman or Steve Young or Warren Moon,” Steinberg said. “We talked about how the first year the goal was to integrate into the team, and the only way to do that is to pay deference to the incumbent veterans and try not to go into the situation with a high profile.

”We intentionally didn’t do endorsements that would run in the Kansas City area even though they were offered. We didn’t want him to be on billboards and everything when he wasn’t even playing.”

Mahomes was asked about that tactic after the Chiefs’ ninth OTA practice on Thursday.

“I think with the people I have in my group I guess you would say, and with the Chiefs and everybody, we just made that decision with me,” Mahomes said. “I wanted to go in and grind and work. Those things come. I’m more about playing football and trying to get out here and win games.”

Now that he is the starter, those things are, err...coming: