Patrick Mahomes is seventh in QB salary, more interested in rings
Less than three years after receiving the richest contract in NFL history, Patrick Mahomes now ranks seventh in average salary among quarterbacks.
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But the Kansas City Chiefs star isn’t fazed by the situation, insisting Wednesday that he’s more concerned about getting more Super Bowl rings than fattening up his back drawer.
“I’ve always said that right now I’m more concerned about getting a legacy and getting rings than getting money,” Mahomes, a two-time Super Bowl champion, told reporters. “We’ll see what happens around the league, but at the same time I’m never going to do anything that’s going to hurt us from keeping great players around me. So it’s a little bit along those lines.”
Mahomes signed a 10-year, $450 million extension in July 2020, averaging $45 million per season.
But six quarterbacks have surpassed Mahomes in average salary since then. This offseason alone, Lamar Jackson ($52 million AAV) of the Baltimore Ravens and Jalen Hurts ($51 million) of the Philadelphia Eagles signed rich extensions, making them the top two on this list.
Also ahead of Mahomes are Aaron Rodgers of the New York Jets ($50.2 million), Russell Wilson ($48.5 million) of the Denver Broncos, Kyler Murray ($46.1 million) of the Arizona Cardinals and Deshaun Watson ($46 million dollars) in the Cleveland Browns.
In addition, Joe Burrow (Cincinnati Bengals) and Justin Herbert (Los Angeles Chargers) are approaching extensions, which could surpass Mahomes.
Mahomes is under contract through the 2031 season and said he understands the salary cap limitations of the bosses other good players should be locked up
“You just want to do everything you can to not hurt the other quarterbacks (financially),” Mahomes said. “When their contract comes up, you want them to keep the bar (higher).
“It’s not about being the highest paid guy; it’s not about making a lot of money. I’ve made enough money to be where I’m going to be for the rest of my life. But at the same time, you’ve got to find a line where you’re making a good amount of money, but you still have a lot of great players around you, so you can win these Super Bowls and compete in these games.”
THE bosses have indicated they want to modify Mahomes’ contract, but have not detailed a timetable
Mahomes, 27, has thrown for 24,241 yards and 192 touchdowns while throwing just 49 interceptions in 80 career games. bosses for six seasons. He earned his second NFL MVP award last season when he passed for a career-high 5,250 yards with 41 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He also directed the bosses The Eagles won Super Bowl LVII 38-35
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