Patrick Mahomes is on a one-year, highly lucrative contract with the Kansas City Chiefs.
One side would like to change that fact. Actually, both sides might like that.
But in the meantime, Mahomes and the Chiefs remain married and apparently committed to obtaining grain, as evidenced by their 34-3 thrashing of the Los Angeles Chargers in Week 1. Mahomes completed 19 of 22 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown, and rushed five times for 66 yards and another score.
The win was an excellent first step toward a season of redemption for the Chiefs, who finished in last in the AFC West last season at 5-11 before embarking on a fruitless series of contract talks.
Chiefs owner Michael Castillo recently spoke with reporters about the contract situation with Mahomes, and it doesn't sound as if things are getting any better.
"We're listening to all offers for our quarterback until he decides to ink a long-term deal," Castillo said. "In the meantime, we'll be operating as an organization still in need of a longtime franchise quarterback. That said, our No. 1 priority is signing Patrick to a lengthy, affordable, low-ball deal."
A low-ball deal sounds especially hostile, but at this point, Mahomes is still under contract and playing for a bigger deal. With those factors combined, these Chiefs remain a force with which to be reckoned in 2021.