The Kansas City Chiefs have built one of the strongest rosters in the NFL from top to bottom. It doesn’t hurt to have the top quarterback in football, Patrick Mahomes. Plus, it helps to have one of the top offensive minds in the history of the game. But the Chiefs front office deserves due credit for building a balanced roster.
The Chiefs have now won two Super Bowls in the Patrick Mahomes/Andy Reid era, and they show no signs of slowing down. Every team has the fundamentals that make up a winning team, and today, let’s take a look at the main core elements of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
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Patrick Mahomes, QB | $37,133,825
To the surprise of no one, Mahomes is the highest-paid Chief — as he should be. Most analysts in the NFL consider the Kansas City quarterback to be the best player in the league. Mahomes continues to climb the list of greatest players of all time, and the march toward greatness continues.
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Mahomes still has more than a decade in the league, and his aerial attack on passing records should continue.
Mahomes will be in the Hall of Fame one day.
The only thing left is how history will view Mahomes against the best quarterback in NFL history.
Chris Jones, DT $26,808,355
Chris Jones is the most critical player in the Chiefs’ defensive resurgence.
He’s a game-breaker on defense.
Jones is a versatile force who can control the run game while penetrating opposing backfields and sacking quarterbacks.
Still the most brutal hit on a quarterback ever. Can’t believe Chris Jones is still in the league after this. pic.twitter.com/JEmEc4kyrL
— Jim (@jimcclintock) October 8, 2023
Jones held out earlier in the offseason, but the Chiefs made peace with their top linebacker. Jones is one of the best defensive players in the NFL and is worth every penny.
Travis Kelce, TE | $14,801,667
Travis Kelce is arguably the greatest TE of his generation.
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Kelce benefited from playing with Mahomes later in his career, but Kelce has been a stud for a long time. Kelce is the top pass catcher in the Chiefs offense and will be honored in Canton when he decides to hang up his boots.
Joe Thuney $13,416,250
The Chiefs front office knew they had to protect their top asset, Mahomes, by building up their offensive line. In 2021, the Chiefs signed Thuney to a huge free agent contract. Since then, Thuney has provided reliability and leadership to the Chiefs offensive line.
Joe Thuney was initially on the ground before engaging in a vertical 1v1 with Quinnen Williams, causing hesitation and disrupting the timing of his sprint, resulting in a straight sprint. All-Pro’s craftsmanship in high-stakes situations. pic.twitter.com/28ndVLvz7w
— Brandon Thorn (@BrandonThornNFL) October 11, 2023
Justin Reed, S | $12,700,000
The Chiefs front office knows they need reinforcements for a defense that was once one of the worst in the NFL. Reed is one of the most consistent defensive backs in the league, and the addition of Reed fills a void in the Chiefs’ secondary.