KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It didn’t quite match its proclamation, “You Must Fight Your Right to Party!” After the Kansas City Chiefs won the AFC Championship Game to get to their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
But Travis Kelce was only a little less enthusiastic on Friday in his first public comments since signing his four-year contract extension with the Chiefs, which would gross him about $ 58 million. The extension, combined with the two seasons of his existing contract, would keep Kelce with the Chiefs until the 2025 season when he closes the deal.
“It’s a beautiful thing, you know what, this church, Kansas City, I love you and I’m grateful to be here for the next six years,”
Kelce last season marked the first close ending in NFL history to have four consecutive seasons of 1,000 yards. He caught 97 passes for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns last season and added another 19 receptions for 207 yards and four touchdowns in the postseason.
Kelce’s 1-yard touchdown catch in the fourth quarter of the Super Bowl started the Chiefs’ rally from a 10-point deficit to a 31-20 win over the 49ers.
Kelce is the youngest Chiefs veteran to stay at the club, joining Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. All either accepted a restructured contract or signed a new contract.
“I think there are a lot of reasons,” said Kelce. “One is that we have great people in the dressing room, great people in the facility, great people in the facility, and a fun atmosphere overall.” every time we come to work. And the boys don’t want to leave that, the boys want to continue building on it. And it’s a nice thing when you have owner confidence in you and want to make changes with you regarding the season and the community. And on top of that, just go out and play soccer with guys who come to work every day and fight for you.
“The Front Office – [general manager] Brett Veach, trainer [Andy] Reid, [chairman] Clark Hunt, [president] Mark Donovan – the people who really bring this organization together and bring everyone together and bring everyone on the same page – we have all the confidence in the world that these people will make it and it will be worth it while we’re here. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunities we’ve had so far and guess what? We will strive every day to do the best that is to come. ”
The Chiefs designed Kelce in the third round in 2013, shortly after hiring Reid.
“He still comes to work every day to get better,” said Reid. “And so you love that part of him. It brings energy every day. I was lucky enough to train his brother [Jason, with the Philadelphia Eagles]and they are both like that. They’re wired where they want to be the best but still have fun playing the game like no other, like playing in the back yard. ”