Patrick Mahomes may soon become the highest-paid NFL player again. But the Kansas City Chiefs quarterback is less concerned with his salary than his legacy.
The Kansas City Chiefs recently signaled they are ready to rework quarterback Patrick Mahomes’ contract this offseason. The playmaker is expected to become the highest-paid NFL pro again as a result.
During Organized Team Activities, the signal caller was now asked about the current status regarding his contract. While Mahomes wants to be paid well, he also wants to make sure the franchise has enough resources to maintain a powerful team around him.
“Me, my agent and the team always have open communication. We try to do what’s best for the team,” Mahomes told reporters.
Mahomes thinks of his legacy
“Of course I want to do the best for myself as well. But at the same time, I’ve always said that the legacy and winning Super Bowl rings are more important to me than the money I’m making right now. “
And continued, “But I know we’ll stay in touch and watch what’s happening in the league. And at the same time, I’ll never do anything that would prevent us from keeping the great players around me. So it’s a balancing act. “
Accordingly, being the highest-paid quarterback is not the two-time Super Bowl winner’s primary goal. “You just want to do everything you can to not hurt other quarterbacks when their contracts expire. You want to keep the bar high. So it’s not about being the highest-paid player, it’s not about making a lot of money. I’ve made enough money to be set for the rest of my life,” the 27-year-old continued.
Quarterbacks face balancing act
The balancing act between a high-paying contract and enough cap space for top-notch teammates is a difficulty for the league’s other quarterbacks, too, according to Mahomes.
“You can see the guys that got paid this past offseason are trying to find the right spot. Everybody wants to make a lot of money. They think they’re the best at what they do, and they want to get paid that way. But if you look at the bigs in the league, they’ve found the right point where they’re getting paid a lot of money but at the same time they have a lot of these great players around them. “