Patriots: Patrick Mahomes’ Extension With Chiefs Solidifies the End of New England’s Dynasty
The Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year contract extension, which all but ends the Patriots’ run.
Patriots fans, you knew it was coming, but you were certainly hoping for a shorter-term deal followed by some tense negotiations that eventually caused a breakup. Sadly for New England, the Kansas City Chiefs have signed Patrick Mahomes to a 10-year extension, which marks the end of the road for the Patriots’ dynasty, regardless of how you want to look at it.
Mahomes is the best in the game — there’s absolutely no questioning that — and now he’s tied to KC for the next decade, meaning the Chiefs have their most important position figured out and will only have to think about building around him. That sounds pretty scary, given what general manager Brett Veach has done with limited time.
The Patriots will still be contenders — don’t you forget it! — but the Cam Newton signing can’t patch up everything. Between the departures of Tom Brady and Rob Gronkowski and now the Chiefs having their blueprint for the next 10 years, Bill Belichick’s run with the Pats atop the NFL year in and year out is most likely over.
Sorry, it’s 12 years!
The Patriots simply saw too much turnover this offseason to even consider the 2020 season an extension of what the last two decades have produced. We’re witnessing a changing of the guard in the NFL. We know, change stinks, but did we really think Belichick and Brady would last forever?
Let’s just pour one out and appreciate the good times. Six Super Bowl victories, nine conference championships, 17 division titles, three Coach of the Year awards, three MVPs, and more. The Patriots from 2001-2019 were arguably the greatest dynasty in any sport, especially when you consider how high the level of competition is today.
Let’s be honest with ourselves — Mahomes is only going to get better. He nearly took down the Patriots in the AFC Championship Game in his first full year as a starter (he won MVP that season), and then followed that up by capturing a Super Bowl and Super Bowl MVP the next year. His greatness has barely even scratched the surface.
Do we really think Belichick is going to be hanging around for another 12 years (he’s 68!) trying to devise a plan to bring down possibly the next greatest quarterback in NFL history? Sorry Chiefs fans, that’s Brady right now, whether you like it or not.
Mahomes is just 24 years old, though, and is 24-7 across his first 31 games in the NFL. He already has 9,412 yards and 76 touchdowns to his name in the regular season — tack on another 1,474 yards and 13 touchdowns for the playoffs.
Throw all the Stephon Gilmores you want in the secondary, it’s not going to change anything. Look what he did to the 49ers defense? That spectacular unit eventually broke down and caved to give up 31 points when it appeared as if it had been shutting KC down.
The end is officially here, Patriots fans. It won’t be easy to begin a new dynasty, but there’s no shame to be had. Appreciate what you just experienced, since most sports fans don’t even sniff multiple championships in a lifetime, and be grateful you’ll probably be the underdogs for the foreseeable future. You guys like it better like that, right?