Today, the Kansas City Chiefs make Travis Kelce a happy man by rewarding him with a 5 year deal worth $46 mil, but will receive $20.5 mil guaranteed. Along with this new deal, he will receive a $10 mil in signing bonus. The deal was first reported by Ian Rapoport. Kelce is the second highest paid tight end in the NFL.
In fact, due to enter the final year of his rookie contract, Kelce is now under Chiefs’ control through 2021.
Furthermore, the Chiefs keep their best receiving threat and should look to continue to build around him. Kelce (26) is Baby Gronk, but has a slight edge in speed and elusiveness in the open field. In fact, Kelce is the only tight end to compile more yards after the catch than Gronkowski over the past two seasons. Kelce is a decent blocker, but does most of his damage in the passing game.
In addition, after back-to-back seasons with at least 850 receiving yards, Kelce proved worthy of a long-term investment with 14 catches for 151 yards in two postseason games this month. Kelce finished the 2015 regular season with 72 catches for 875 yards (12.2 yards per catch) and 5 touchdowns.
Finally, because there is less proven and experienced depth behind Jeremy Maclin, Kelce is a key piece to Kansas City’s offense. With those two stars locked up as the go to targets of Alex Smith’s aerial attack, the Chiefs should be in good shape for the foreseeable future.
Note: Maybe the Chiefs can draft a receiver on day two of the NFL Draft. Maybe pick up Will Fuller (Notre Dame) or Tyler Boyd (Pittsburgh).