QB Patrick Mahomes signed a mega extension to keep him in Kansas City for the next decade but the deal could benefit the Las Vegas Raiders in the long term.
Las Vegas Raiders fans already expected to continue facing Patrick Mahomes for the next decade or more so when the news dropped of his 10-year $500 million extension, the reaction was more of resigned acceptance than shock. Teams don’t let quarterbacks like Mahomes walk, or even explore free agency in most cases, but the length of the deal was still a surprise.
Mahomes has not reached the heights of these other quarterbacks just yet, but there is a reason that Tom Brady, Aaron Rodgers, Peyton Manning and other greats spent more than ten years with the franchises that drafted them. This extension all but guarantees that the Raiders will face Mahomes as quarterback of the Chiefs twice a year for the next decade barring injury or early retirement once he realizes how much money he has in the bank.
A lot can happen in ten years, but it can be assumed that Mahomes will continue to be the best quarterback in the AFC West during the length of the contract. But what does that really mean for the rest of the division?
We have seen that having the best quarterback in a division is usually a recipe for division titles, but it is not an automatic guarantee for success, so the Raiders can benefit in the long run from this big-money deal.
Let’s dive in to why that is the case.