We’re continuing our Brett Veach series, and this time, we’re looking at potential extensions the Chiefs could do in the offseason. With a Super Bowl winning roster, there’s always going to be extension candidates in order to reward them for their contributions to a Super Bowl winning team. We’re not looking at potential free agents for this list, only players under contract who have earned extensions.
The Obvious: Patrick Mahomes
Let’s get the obvious out of the way, Mahomes should and will be extended. Next.
Kelce has had four straight 1000+ yard seasons, and has been the best tight end in football during that entire span. He’s only 30 years old, has shown zero signs of slowing down, and has a special connection to Patrick Mahomes. He has about two years left on his deal, and the Chiefs may want to get a deal done quick, before George Kittle resets the market. Regardless, one of my offseason priorities is making sure Kelce retires as a Chief.
Extension: 2 years, 25 million (4 year, 40.5 million)
After a rough start to the season Ward really picked up his play in the last 8-12 weeks of the season. There’s still some inconsistencies in his zone coverage and his change of direction isn’t the best, but given our issues with CB depth, we need Ward back. He’s not going to break the bank, but he’ll get a solid payday, ensuring the Chiefs have 1 young starting CB.
Extension: 3 years, 15 million (4 years, 15.7 million)
Dirty Dan made so many big plays in huge moments this year. The stop on the fake punt, his interception against Phillip Rivers to win the game, along with so many other big plays, have positioned himself to get another extension. Sorensen will be 30 in March, but his trust with Andy Reid and Steve Spagnuolo will earn him something.
Extension: 1 year, 4 million (2 year, 7.6 million)
Overall there aren’t many guys that are up for big extensions this year. With Tyreek Hill and Mitchell Schwartz being taken care of, it’s mainly retaining guys in free agency. If we’re looking past next year, Tyrann Mathieu and Tyreek Hill re-enter the conversation. Still, for next year we don’t have many pressing contracts that need to be taken care of. Well, besides Mahomes, obviously.
My personal guess is that Mahomes does get extended, along with Kelce. Kelce may get his right before training camp, but I would guess Mahomes signs his before the season. I would think Veach would try to extend Charvarius Ward before free agency, and Daniel Sorensen will get an extension sometime during the offseason. Overall though, there aren’t many looming deals down the line for the Chiefs to consider.