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

    Patrick Mahomes' contract shocked the NFL, but what is his current salary cap number, and his net worth after six years in the league?

    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 September 2023.

    Editor’s Note: On September 18, ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that Mahomes and the Chiefs have restructured his agreement, giving the QB $210.6 million between 2023 and 2026, the most money in NFL history over a four-season span. His compensation for those years is now guaranteed.

    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 will 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 2023: $1.25 million
      Winning the AFC Championship Game: $1.25 million
      Winning the NFL MVP Award: $1.25 million
    • 2023 Salary Cap Number: $39.293 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.

    MORE: 2023 NFL Salary Cap Space by Team

    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):

    • 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.

    • 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.

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