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Patience on Pat: Chiefs wait on long-term deal for QB

Kansas City Chiefs Victory Parade Patrick Mahomes
Posted at 10:19 PM, Feb 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-26 23:26:02-05

INDIANAPOLIS — There will be a time to sign Patrick Mahomes to a big-money, long-term deal. Just not now.

"We have a lot of time and that's a good thing in regard to Pat," Chiefs General Manager Brett Veach said on Wednesday at the NFL Combine.

Mahomes is three years into what is essentially a five-year deal. But as far as the Chiefs are concerned, it should become a lifetime deal.

"As we kind of work through the new landscape of the NFL and the new CBA (Collective Bargaining Agreement), we'll certainly get together and hopefully get something done," Veach said. "But that's another big priority."

Mahomes is likely set become the highest-paid player in NFL history when he does eventually get extended – something that was almost predicted by Veach two years ago at the Combine when he called Mahomes the best player he'd ever seen.

"You've been around football your entire life, and sometimes you take for granted how great these players are that you see," Veach said. "And when this kid [Mahomes] comes in and makes talented football players look average, you know you're seeing something that the league may not be ready for."