KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It does not match his “You have to fight for your right to party! ” Announcing in January after the Kansas City Chiefs the AFC Championship Game to advance to their first Super Bowl in 50 years.
But Travis Kelce was slightly less enthusiastic on Friday in his first public comments since he signed his four-year contract extension with the Chiefs that would pay him $ 58 million. The extension, combined with two seasons in his existing deal, could keep Kelce among the Chiefs during the 2025 season if he completes the contract.
“It’s a good thing, and you know what, this community, Kansas City, I love you and I’m thankful I’m going in the next six years, ”; Kelce said.
Kelce last season became the first tight end in NFL history to have a four straight 1,000-yard period. He caught 97 passes for 1,229 yards and five touchdowns last season and then 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 victory over the 49ers.
Kelce is the latest Chiefs veteran to stay at the club, joining Sammy Watkins, Patrick Mahomes and Chris Jones. Everyone also received a fixed contract or signed a new deal.
“I think there are many reasons, ” Kelce said.” One is because we have great people in the locker room, we have great people in the facility, great people in the facility and overall it is a fun environment every single hour we work. And people don’t want to leave that, people want to keep building that. And this is a good thing when you have confidence in your ownership, want to make a difference in you in terms of time and community. And then on top of that, just go out and play football with the guys who work every single day and fight their tail for you.
The front office – [general manager] Brett Veach, coach [Andy] Reid, [chairman] Clark Hunt, [president] Mark Donovan – the people who really put this organization together and put it all together and put it all together on the same page – we got all the trust in the world that those people would do and make it equal while we were here ka na. I can’t thank them enough for the opportunities we have so far, and you know what? We will do our best every single day to make the best come. ”
The Chiefs made Kelce in the third round in 2013, after a few leases to Reid.
“He still comes to work every day wanting to be healed, ” Reid said.” And so you love his part. He carries energy every day. I was very lucky to coach my brother [Jason, with the Philadelphia Eagles], and they are both like that. They are wired where they want to be the best but nevertheless enjoy playing like no other, just like you play in the backyard type thing. ”