Patrick Mahomes 'optimistic' on Chiefs contract and vows to work on pocket presence

By Sports Desk March 02, 2020

Patrick Mahomes is "optimistic" of agreeing a new contract with the Kansas City Chiefs and has praised the team for how they "handle things the right way".

With one year left on his rookie deal, Mahomes is in line for a lucrative extension after winning NFL MVP in 2018, his first year as a starter, before he was Super Bowl MVP in the Chiefs' dramatic win over the San Francisco 49ers last month.

The team and player have repeatedly expressed their mutual desire for a deal to be done and the 24-year-old remains confident that will happen at the right time.

"The best thing about this team and this organization is they handle things the right way," Mahomes said to SiriusXM NFL Radio.

"So, for me, obviously, I'm optimistic of getting that contract and extending my time in Kansas City. 

"I'm just going to go about being who I am just like I have since the beginning since I was the backup until now. That's just to go out there, love this game, treat people the right way, and all that stuff handles itself. 

"I'm optimistic just to be able to be a Kansas City Chief for a long time."

The Chiefs retain control over Mahomes for the foreseeable future, with the fifth-year option in 2021 and the franchise tag available after that should there be any complications in negotiations, which may not gather pace before the new CBA.

Quarterback Mahomes also discussed his offseason routine, which will consist of work on his body before a bid to improve his pocket presence.

He added: "These first few weeks, I've really kind of been building the injury prevention stuff. The stuff I dealt with this year, with the ankle and with the knee, I've really been getting after that.

"I'm trying to make sure I can be 100 percent going into this next season, 120 percent, and ready to take on the impact of another entire football season. 

"Every year is different, you've got to find ways to go out there and win football games. As of right now, it has been about my body and getting myself in the best shape possible.

"As I get on to it and start working with my quarterback coach in quarterback drills, I'll work on my footwork and work on that stuff.

"I can be better from the pocket and keep getting better because that's an area I still need to improve on. If I can get better there, extending plays is just a bonus."

With free agency approaching, the Super Bowl champions are expected to use the franchise tag or transition tag on Pro-Bowl defensive lineman Chris Jones as they shape their roster for another championship run.

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