Chiefs use 5th-year option on QB Patrick Mahomes

The team still intends to sign the Super Bowl MVP to a long-term contract.

SHARE Chiefs use 5th-year option on QB Patrick Mahomes
The Chiefs exercised their fifth-year option on quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

The Chiefs exercised their fifth-year option on quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Charles Rex Arbogast/AP

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The Kansas City Chiefs are exercising their fifth-year option on Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes, a person familiar with their decision told The Associated Press, though both sides remain optimistic that they will agree on a long-term contract before the start of the season.

The person spoke Thursday on condition of anonymity because the Chiefs had not announced the move. NFL Network was first to report that the Chiefs had used their option on Mahomes for the 2021 season.

Teams are allowed to use a fifth-year option on players selected in the first round of the NFL draft. If the Chiefs are unable to sign Mahomes to a long-term deal, he would be due a base salary of $25 million for the optioned season.

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach has said signing Mahomes to a potentially record-setting contract would be a priority now that the NFL Draft has concluded. Many agents and front-office executives believe Mahomes will sign a four- or five-year deal that could make him the first player in NFL history to land $40 million per season.

The Latest
The Eastern Conference-leading Union won 4-1, snapping the Fire’s unbeaten streak at five and dropping them three points out of the final playoff spot.
X-rays taken Friday were negative, and Robert’s status remains day-to-day.
Sore legs don’t keep veteran from having impact on basepaths.
The boy was taken to Stroger Hospital in good condition.