The man with the newly-minted 12-year, $503-million contract — Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes — spoke to the press in a virtual session on Tuesday.
Mahomes said that while there were would have been advantages to a short-term extension — like many other NFL players have been seeking — he was happy to sign his new deal.
“I think there’s positives to either [kind] of contract,” he explained. “You sign the short-term contract, it’s kind of a bet-on-yourself-type thing. But also, you never know what can happen in this sport. It’s the biggest thing about football.
“So for me, knowing that things obviously could happen — the economy could boost, but at the same time, look at the world today and stuff could happen that way, too — I just wanted to have the security of knowing that I’ll be a Kansas City Chief for a long time.”
And Mahomes acknowledged that the money will be nice, too — but with kind of a surprising angle for a 24-year-old.
“I’ll obviously have enough money that I’ll be able to help out future generations — my grandkids, their grandkids, everything like that.
“That’s the main thing,” he said. “Obviously in the time that we’re in right now, there’s so much opportunity to go out there and help the world be the best place it could possibly be. I feel like having this security and this trust within the organization — and obviously the financial help — I’ll be able to do that. And not only in the Kansas City community — where I hope I can impact as much as I can as quickly as I can — but around the world.”
Still, Mahomes said that for this contract, he had one other goal in mind.
“We did a good job with Chris Shea and Brett Veach and all those guys [in] having enough money to pay the guys around me,” said the reigning Super Bowl MVP. “That was the biggest thing of the deal that I loved — [that] we’re going to be a good football team for a long time: going out there, executing and finding ways to win.”
This would be the time we mention that Mahomes always knows exactly the right thing to say — but by now, you should be used to that. Besides... that’s just one of the reasons he just became the highest-paid player in NFL history.