Anytime you're a quarterback who signs a massive deal, you're just another notch on the totem pole that has to be surpassed. That's just how things go.
We've seen this happen over and over during the last few offseasons. Matthew Stafford, Jimmy Garoppolo, Kirk Cousins, Matt Ryan, and Aaron Rodgers have all taken turns landing these gigantic deals, aiming to be the highest-paid QB of all time. Russell Wilson now holds that title after signing a gaudy extension with the Seattle Seahawks early Tuesday, but he isn't expected to hold it much longer.
Spotrac now believes Patrick Mahomes has a baseline value of $35.2 million, which would surpass the recent contract of Wilson. Certainly, the MVP is due for an extension in KC when his rookie deal expires.
Not a bad way to start the year…— Spotrac (@spotrac) April 16, 2019
Patrick Mahomes’ baseline valuation is now just north of Russell Wilson’s $35M AAV mark. He’ll become extension-eligible after 2019. The #Chiefs are currently working to extend WR Tyreek Hill, & DE Chris Jones. pic.twitter.com/jKmNDOsoZh
It's just another contract that's eventually going to be leapt over.
During Mahomes' first year as a starter, he threw for over 5,000 yards and 50 touchdowns, earning MVP honors. He'll turn 24 this season and still has his entire career ahead of him. Sure, the Chiefs intend to take advantage of his cheap rookie contract as long as they can (there's plenty of value in it!), but at some point, he'll become a necessary piece of an expensive future.
Before Wilson signed his contract or even set a deadline for his deal, Mahomes was expected to sign a record-breaking deal of $200 million when he became a free agent. Seeing his value rise higher than the current mark is what comes with stellar play from someone under 25.
Congrats Pat Mahomes on the 40M per year deal you’re getting at the end of this season!— Geoff Schwartz (@geoffschwartz) April 16, 2019
Whether Mahomes signs an extension this offseason or waits until 2022 when he's a free agent, the man is going to get paid.