Patrick Mahomes made history in the offseason in the NFL by signing a 10-year $503 million contract, becoming the first sports professional to pen a half-a-billion-dollar deal. The 24-year-old has now vowed to create a dynasty in Kansas City, building on their victory at Super Bowl 54. which ended the team’s 50 year wait for another NFL Championship. The Chiefs know how important Mahomes is to any future success. Since taking over the quarterback role from Alex Smith, the Texas Tech graduate has led them to the AFC Conference game twice in two years.
Not many quarterbacks in the history of the NFL have had the immediate success Mahomes has achieved. He was named as the league’s MVP in his first year as a starter, while he received the Super Bowl MVP award back in February in that 31-20 victory over the 49ers.
Along with Lamar Jackson and Kyler Murray, Mahomes is amongst the new breed of quarterbacks who are set to be faces of the NFL over the next decade. Unlike the previous generation of QBs, the latest stars are much more versatile, as they can hurt you with their legs, as well as their arm.
Kansas City begin the 2020 season as the +600 favorites in the NFL odds on bet365 for the Super Bowl. No team has defended the Vince Lombardi Trophy since the New England Patriots managed the feat in 2004. Matching the Patriots’ achievement would be quite fitting as it is the Boston-based franchise’s dynasty they are looking to replicate. New England have won six Super Bowls over the last 18 years.
The Patriots’ dynasty came to a surprising end earlier this year when Tom Brady left the franchise to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. This ended the most successful quarterback-head coach partnership the NFL has ever seen in Brady and Bill Belichick.
Mahomes Set To Work With New Teammates
Like any Super Bowl-winning team, some of the stars of last season have left the franchise to cash in on a more lucrative deal elsewhere. LeSean McCoy, Morris Claiborne and Terrel Suggs are amongst those who have departed Arrowhead, while Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and Damien Williams have opted out of playing in the upcoming season so the roster will have a different look to it in 2020.
Mahomes will be joined by the young stars the Chiefs drafted back in April. These include first-round pick running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire of LSU and linebacker Willie Gay who was selected in the second round.
It will be Mahomes’ job now to rally his teammates and to ensure there is just as much commitment put into defending their trophy than was put into winning it for the first time. Brady and Belichick did that very well in New England and it was key to their successful dynasty.
The Chiefs begin their new season against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead. How they perform in the early stages of the new campaign may be a good indication of whether Mahomes and the Chiefs are on their way to being the latest dynasty in the NFL.