Mahomes: Reworked deal advances QB market, won't hurt Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes believes his new reworked deal is a fair compromise that will advance quarterback salaries without affecting the Kansas City Chiefs' salary cap.
"I don't want people to be negotiated against me, and so that's the reason that you do something like I did this last week," Mahomes said Wednesday, according to ESPN's Adam Teicher.
He added: "Just trying to keep the market moving in the right direction, (trending) in the right direction, so not only me but other quarterbacks in other positions can get paid the money that they deserve."
Mahomes will take in $210.6 million guaranteed between 2023 and 2026 - the most guaranteed money over a four-year span in NFL history - on his reworked deal. The two-time MVP had fallen to the eighth-highest-paid quarterback before renegotiating his contract.
"I thought we found a good one in this negotiation that we did (because) we will be able to still keep cap space for other guys to get signed," he said.
The 28-year-old said in the offseason that he cares more about winning championships than money. He's also stressed the importance of being aware of salary-cap effects and personal legacy while negotiating contracts.
"You have a lot of great players that I want to be here so we can win a lot of Super Bowls," Mahomes said, per the Associated Press' Dave Skretta. "I want to make a lot of money, but I also want to win."
Mahomes led Kansas City to three of the last four Super Bowls, winning two.