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Chiefs extend long snapper James Winchester’s contract

The special teams player will now be with the team through 2023

When Kansas City Chiefs placekicker Harrison Butker’s beautifully executed his “pooch kick” during Sunday’s 19-9 victory over the Dallas Cowboys — pinning Dallas to their goal line for their final possession — backup offensive lineman Nick Allegretti and punter/holder Tommy Townsend were assigned to break free, run downfield and down the kick.

But on replays from the end zone — while the rest of the linemen watched from the line of scrimmage — another Kansas City player could be seen streaking down the field: long snapper James Winchester.

He has now accumulated six and a half seasons of those kinds of plays — and now, the Chiefs have given the 32-year-old Winchester a contract extension.

According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Winchester’s extension will keep him in Kansas City through the 2023 season — and according to his agent, will pay him more than any other long-snapper in the NFL.

This means that the special teams core — Butker, Townsend and Winchester — are now signed to the team through next season. It’s almost certain that the placekicker and punter will be extended after that.