Just hours after 49ers tight end George Kittle inked his massive contract extension, Travis Kelce signed a four-year, $57.25 million extension to keep him a Kansas City Chief through the 2025 season, per sources told ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler on Thursday. The deal includes $28 million in guarantees. The tight end previously had two years left on his original five-year, $46 million contract that was signed in 2016.
The five-time Pro Bowl tight end is coming off of his first Super Bowl victory after dominating the league for the past six seasons. He had 1,229 yards on 97 receptions, leading all tight ends in both categories. His veteran leadership played a pivotal role in leading this young roster to a championship.
A pillar of consistency, Kelce has four consecutive 1,000 yard seasons, the first tight end to ever accomplish that feat. He has been an All-Pro twice in the past four seasons, and his five Pro Bowls have come in the past five years. Kelce has been an invaluable safety net for 2018 MVP and 2019 Super Bowl MVP Patrick Mahomes over the past couple of years and a fun piece for coach Andy Reid to game plan around, even using him as a fullback occasionally due to his blocking ability. Kelce was the 10th best run blocking tight end and the fourth best pass blocking tight end, making him a versatile weapon in Reid’s scheme.
From a fantasy perspective this definitely adds more value to Kelce’s long-term output. Kittle is still the TE1 to draft due to his youth but tacking on this long extension firmly places Kelce as the TE2 ahead of Baltimore’s Mark Andrews. Kelce has been the TE1 for fantasy for four consecutive seasons. There’s no reason to draft him as anything but that, though Kittle is just a hair behind. With the offense mostly maintaining 100% continuity with their 2019 team, expect more of the same for Kelce who has definitely earned this payday.