Patrick Mahomes quickly became the brightest young star in football in 2018 and it goes without saying that the league MVP is on the cusp of pushing for a major contract in the near future.
Barring a colossal drop of form or career-changing injury (please no), we can expect Mahomes to demand crazy money following the conclusion of next season and could very well become the NFL's first player to land a $200 million contract .
With that in mind, let's identify a few players that Kansas City will not be able to afford after Mahomes gets his deal.
3. OT Eric Fisher
In the summer of 2016, Kansas City elected to give their former No.1 overall pick a four-year, $48 million extension, with $40 million guaranteed. Back then, Alex Smith was still calling the shots on offense at a reasonable price.
As we know, its an entirely different world for KC and it isn't likely that the franchise, which isn't blessed with much cap room, can afford to be paying an offensive lineman (whose made just one Pro Bowl in six years) $12 million per year.
2. LB Anthony Hitchens
Anthony Hitchens signed a five-year, $45 million contract with $21.29 million guaranteed last March and with incentives he could earn a maximum of $49.25 million. The 26-year-old linebacker was paid just $3.6 million in 2018, but will demand north of $9 million for the next four years. That's dough the Chiefs can't afford to be handing out if they want to make Mahomes the NFL's highest-paid player.
1. WR Sammy Watkins
We don't have to tell you that Sammy Watkins hasn't lived up to his No. 4 overall selection of the Bills back in 2014. The oft-injured pass catcher signed a three-year, $48 million contract with the Chiefs back in March of 2018, $30 million of which is guaranteed.
His cap hit breakdown looks like this:
2018: $7.8 million
2019: $19.2 million
2020: $21 million
With KC expected to extend Mahomes within the next 12 or so months, the franchise will have no choice but to let the former Clemson star walk.