Having a talented and reliable kicker is one of the most underrated keys to success for an NFL roster. Just ask the Chicago Bears, who saw a chance at a deep playoff run squandered by Cody Parkey, or the Minnesota Vikings, who have been handicapped by erratic kicking for years now.
That's exactly why the Kansas City Chiefs signed third-year kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension on Thursday.
Since being signed off the Carolina Panthers practice squad in 2017, Butker has been the image of consistency in Kansas City, converting on an impressive 62-of-69 field goal attempts and 93-of-97 extra points.
His new deal is reportedly for five years and worth close to $20 million. That's a steep price for a special teams player, but he should be a valuable piece for the Chiefs over the next half-decade, especially considering they're a team who figures to score a lot of points over those years.
The #Chiefs signed their kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, locking him in on a 5-year deal worth roughly $20M, source said. He’s on the books for 6 years total. Not bad for a player signed off the #Panthers practice squad.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2019
When you have the chance to lock up a reliable kicker, you have to take it. That's exactly what the Chiefs just did. Butker will hopefully continue his reliable work in front of the goal posts over the next five years and prove to Kansas City that he is worth a $4 million annual price tag.