The LA Chargers are going to be facing off against Patrick Mahomes for a long, long time.
The LA Chargers already have one of the toughest roads to win their division in the NFL as they have to overcome the defending Super Bowl Champions, the Kansas City Chiefs. Led by 24-year-old quarterback Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs are situated to be Super Bowl contenders in 2020 yet again.
Any hope that the Cheifs’ window of contention would shrink has been thrown out the window as the Chiefs and Patrick Mahomes have reportedly agreed to a 10-year contract extension. ESPN’s Adam Schefter first had the news.
According to Schefter, the 10-year extension is worth around $450 million with a $140 million injury guarantee. There was some speculation that Mahomes could tie his salary as a percentage of the salary cap, but that is reportedly not part of the deal.
Editor’s Update: Mahomes’ contract is worth $503 million, per NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport
The 10-year extension stacks on top of the two years that Mahomes already had remaining under contract with the Chiefs from his rookie contract. That means Charger fans are going to have to deal with Mahomes’ highlight-reel plays for the next 12 years, or until Mahomes is 36 years old.
If you had a child that just graduated kindergarten then think of it this way: Mahomes contract will end when your child graduates high school.
While most football fans anticipated Mahomes to sign an extension in Kansas City, it still is kind of a bummer for Charger fans knowing that he will quarterback the Chiefs for another 12 years.
However, there are some positives that we can take from this extension from the LA Chargers’ point of view to at least look at the situation with a glass-half-full approach.