The Kansas City Chiefs have signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, the team announced Thursday, via its official Twitter account.
We have signed K Harrison Butker to a contract extension! #ChiefsKingdom pic.twitter.com/zodyFGxChc— Kansas City Chiefs (@Chiefs) June 13, 2019
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported the deal is for five years and worth “roughly $20 million.” The contract should keep him in a Chiefs uniform until 2024.
The #Chiefs signed their kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, locking him in on a 5-year deal worth roughly $20M, source said. He’s on the books for 6 years total. Not bad for a player signed off the #Panthers practice squad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2019
Butker, 23, had been on the books to make $645,000 in 2019 after signing his exclusive rights free agent tender this offseason. The extension prevents Butker from becoming a restricted free agent next offseason.
The Chiefs originally signed Butker off the Carolina Panthers’ practice squad back in October of 2017. Carolina had drafted Butker in the seventh round of the 2017 NFL Draft.
[Butker] is a good kicker,” special teams coordinator Dave Toub said back in 2017 after the Chiefs acquired him. “He was our number one guy coming out [in 2017] as a rookie, we had him ranked number one. So if we were going to draft a guy he was going to be the guy we would probably target. So we felt good about him coming out, we just weren’t looking for a kicker at that time. It’s funny how things work and now all of a sudden we’ve got him. We’re happy with him, he’s a good kid.”
As a rookie, Butker set the single-season franchise record with 38 field goals (of 42) made, won multiple AFC awards despite starting in just 13 games and was named to the PFWA all-rookie team.
In 2018, Butker hit 24 of 27 field goals, making 65 of 69 extra points. He has made 2 of 3 field goals and 11 of 11 extra points over three playoffs games for the Chiefs.