Patrick Mahomes’ Contract Details, Salary Cap Impact, Bonuses, and Net Worth

Patrick Mahomes’ Contract Details, Salary Cap Impact, Bonuses, and Net Worth

Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs signed a contract in 2020 that shocked the NFL. While many expected Mahomes to sign a contract worth huge numbers in terms of salary and bonuses, not many expected a deal that would extend over a decade and with a value worth potentially over half a billion. Let’s examine the details of the contract for Mahomes and his net worth as of February 2023.

Patrick Mahomes’ Contract Details

Mahomes’ contract is a 10-year, $450 million deal that includes $141.482 million in guarantees. His average annual salary is $45 million, and the contract contained a $10 million signing bonus. In 2023, Mahomes’ contract expects to count for $49.293 million against the Chiefs’ salary cap, with a base salary of $5.5 million.

While the deal is officially a 10-year contract extension worth $450 million, it was an extension to the remaining year of his rookie deal and his fifth-year option. Across the entire 12 years, the base value of the contract is $477.6 million.

There is the opportunity for Mahomes to earn another $2.5 million a year in incentives between 2022 and 2031. If he hits all of those, the contract value would top the $500 million mark.

For the 2023 season, Mahomes is set to count for $49.293 million against Kansas City’s salary cap. That cap number is broken down as such:

  • Salary: $5.5 million
  • Roster Bonus: $34.4 million
  • Signing Bonus (Prorated): $2 million
  • Restructure (Prorated): $4.343 million
  • Workout Bonus: $550,000
  • Incentives from 2022: $1.25 million
    Winning the AFC Championship Game: $1.25 million
    Winning the NFL MVP Award: $1.25 million
  • 2023 Salary Cap Number: $49.293 million

The Chiefs do have the option to reduce that cap number. They can pay the roster bonus as a signing bonus, spreading the cap hit over the next five years (2023-2027). That would prorate to $6.88 million per year and reduce Mahomes’ salary cap number to $20.52 million.

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Doing so would push Mahomes’ cap number over $50 million in 2024, 2025, and 2026, while pushing it over $65 million in 2027. Alternatively, Kansas City could convert some of the roster bonus to a signing bonus and spread a lower amount over the five years but reduce the cap less this year.

Mahomes’ Contract Has a Rolling Guarantee Structure Built In

Mahomes’ contract is extremely convoluted in terms of guarantees. The $141.482 million in guarantees only encompasses the first five years of the deal to 2024. However, the rolling guarantees in the deal extend right through the contract, as follows (all third day of the league year):

  • 2021: 2023 salary & roster bonus + workout bonus fully guaranteed
  • 2022: 2024 salary & roster bonus + workout bonus fully guaranteed
  • 2023: 2025 roster bonus + workout bonus fully guarantees
  • 2024: 2025 salary + workout bonus fully guarantees
  • 2025: 2026 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2026: 2026 salary + workout bonus, 2027 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2027: 2027 salary + workout bonus + 2028 salary + 2028 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2028: 2029 salary + workout bonus & 2029 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2029: 2030 salary & 2030 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2030: 2031 roster bonus fully guarantees
  • 2031: 2031 base salary fully guarantees

What Will Mahomes Count Against the Chiefs’ Cap Each Year?

Mahomes’ cap number fluctuates between $5.35 million and $59.95 million during the life of the contract. All numbers are correct as of Feb. 9, 2023.

  • 2023: $49.293 million
  • 2024: $44.293 million
  • 2025: $46.293 million
  • 2026: $41.95 million
  • 2027: $59.95 million
  • 2028: $44.45 million
  • 2029: $44.95 million
  • 2030: $50.45 million
  • 2031: $52.45 million

Mahomes’ Net Worth

Calculating the net worth of a person is different from their salary. Mahomes may have a 10-year contract extension worth $450 million with potential earnings of $475 million, but his net worth is significantly less than that. According to various sources, Mahomes is currently worth $40 million.

Mahomes’ NFL career earnings as of Feb. 9, 2023, are $78.154 million. If Mahomes plays out his entire contract with the Chiefs, his earnings from the NFL would be at least $492.704 million and could be higher depending on how many incentives he hits during the next nine years.