Travis Kelce agrees to four-year extension with Kansas City Chiefs
Travis Kelce didn't need to wait long to catch up to the tight end market after it had been reset.
Just hours after the San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle agreed to a five-year, $75 million contract extension on Thursday, Kelce agreed to a four-year, $57.25 million extension with the Kansas City Chiefs, a person familiar with the deal told USA TODAY Sports' Mike Jones. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the agreement was not yet finalized.
ESPN was first to report the extension.
Kelce, 30, had two years remaining on his existing contract. Though he comes in behind Kittle, 26, for the title of the NFL's highest-paid tight end, he easily outpaces the Cleveland Browns' Austin Hooper (four years, $42 million) for the No. 2 spot.
After Kansas City in February won its first Super Bowl in 50 years, GM Brett Veach spent much of the offseason solidifying the team's core for the foreseeable future. In July, quarterback Patrick Mahomes signed a record 10-year extension worth up to $503 million, and defensive tackle Chris Jones signed a four-year deal worth up to $85 million.
The Chiefs had been set to return 20 of 22 offensive and defensive starters from last year's team, but offensive guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif and running back Damien Williams opted out of the season amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Kelce has been a Pro Bowl selection in each of the past five seasons. His 97 catches and 1,229 receiving yards were the most for any tight end in the NFL last season.