scorecardPatrick Mahomes appears to be following Tom Brady's lead and isn't asking for a raise on his $450 million contract
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Patrick Mahomes appears to be following Tom Brady's lead and isn't asking for a raise on his $450 million contract

Scott Davis   

Patrick Mahomes appears to be following Tom Brady's lead and isn't asking for a raise on his $450 million contract
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  • Patrick Mahomes signed a $450 million deal in 2020, but now ranks seventh among quarterbacks in average annual salary.
  • Mahomes could restructure his contract to earn more, but told reporters he'd rather keep the Chiefs competitive.

Patrick Mahomes' $450 million contract has become a steal for the Kansas City Chiefs.

As wild as that may sound, Mahomes' deal is fairly team-friendly in an era of increasing quarterback salaries, with an average annual salary of $45 million, seventh-highest in the NFL, according to Spotrac. link to Spotrac source?

And Mahomes is content to keep it that way.

Speaking to reporters on Wednesday, Mahomes said he isn't worried about restructuring his contract to become the highest-paid quarterback in the league because his current contract gives the Chiefs the flexibility to build around him.

"I've always said I worry about legacy and winning rings more than making money at this moment," Mahomes said, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. "We see what's going on around the league, but at the same time, I'll never do anything that's going to hurt us from keeping the great players around me. So it's kind of teetering around that line."

Mahomes signed his record-breaking, 10-year deal in 2020. Even when he signed it,it was clear the deal would work well for the Chiefs; the game's best quarterback was locked into a stable, long-term contract in a league with a rising salary cap, where each quarterback aims to set a new record with their next deal.

In the years since Mahomes has signed his deal, seven different quarterbacks have signed new contracts that exceed his in average annual salary. According to Spotrac, Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson currently leads the league with an average salary of $52 million as part of a five-year, $260 million deal he signed this offseason.

In April, Chiefs GM Brett Veach told reporters that the team would look into restructuring Mahomes' contract to bring it more in line with other top quarterbacks.

Mahomes, however, seems indifferent as long as the team continues to sign talented players to keep the Chiefs in Super Bowl contention.

"It's not about being the highest-paid guy; it's not about making a ton of money," Mahomes said on Wednesday. "I've made enough money where I'll be set for the rest of my life. But at the same time, you got to find that line where you're making a good amount of money but you're still keeping a lot of great players around you so you can win these Super Bowls and you're able to compete in these games."

It's a philosophy similar to that of Tom Brady. For years, Brady took less than he could have from the New England Patriots so that they could field a talented team around him. In 2020, Insider reported that Brady sacrificed at least $60 million to keep the Patriots competitive.

During an appearance on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" in 2019, Brady explained his logic for taking less than he could. It was similar to Mahomes' recent comments.

"I think the thing I've always felt for me in my life, winning has been a priority," Brady said. "It's a salary cap. You can only spend so much and the more that one guy gets is less for others. And for a competitive advantage standpoint, I like to get a lot of good players around me."

Mahomes even seemed to acknowledge Brady's thinking, in particular, on Wednesday, saying "the greats in the league" find the "right spot" between being highly paid and keeping the team competitive.

With two Super Bowls in four years, Mahomes and the Chiefs are beginning to resemble the Brady-Patriots dynasty.




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