KANSAS CITY Steven Nelson Jersey , Mo. (AP) —their future around signing quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a long-term contract, even though the NFL MVP won’t be eligible to sign an extension until after next season.Chiefs general manager Bret Veach said during a wide-ranging interview Thursday that some of the financial decisions made dating back to last offseason were done with Mahomes in mind, such as the way the franchise structured contracts and how they approached free agency and the draft.“We were prepared for Pat to have success and be a franchise quarterback,” Veach said, “so this process of structuring ourselves for the next three, four, five years started about a year ago.”In the ensuing 12 months, the Chiefs traded incumbent quarterback Alex Smith to Washington and handed the job to Mahomes, who threw for more than 5,000 yards along with 50 touchdown passes while leading the club to its third straight AFC West title and the conference championship game.The Chiefs lost in overtime to the Patriots, a defeat made even more frustrating by the fact that Kansas City lost the coin flip and Mahomes never had a chance with the ball in the extra session.Off the field, Mahomes has become one of the NFL’s biggest stars.With his moppy Mohawk, earnest attitude and game-changing ability, Mahomes became must-watch TV by the end of the season. He had the eighth-best selling jersey in the NFL Nick Allegretti Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys , has been courted by a wave of sponsors and has led Las Vegas odds-makers to peg the Chiefs as Super Bowl favorites next season.Some suggest Mahomes could ultimately sign the first $200 million contract in NFL history when he is eligible for an extension after next season.“Even last year, we were putting a plan together,” Veach said. “I think we have a good plan, and everything we do structure-wise will allow for necessary room moving forward.”Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers set the market with a $134 million, four-year extension last offseason, while Falcons quarterback Matt Ryan signed a $150 million, five-year deal. Rodgers has the average highest salary while Ryan had the highest signing guarantee of $94.5 million.Whatever it takes, Veach is intent on making sure the Chiefs have flexibility to do it.“Obviously there’s tremendous talent, and we had seen obviously a chance to see a lot of his work in college, and we saw all last year,” Veach said. “You knew it was inevitable it was coming. But what surprised me was the ease at which he did it. Even great players when they’re young, you anticipate a wall at some point after seven, eight weeks, but there was never really a time.”BASKETBALL CAUTIONVideo of Mahomes making a slick spin move during a pickup basketball game went viral this week Kansas City Chiefs Jerseys 2019 , and Veach said he’s already spoken to his quarterback about being careful off the field.“It was obviously a light-hearted discussion,” he said. “The problem with Pat is he does everything 100 mph and so dang competitive. I was like, ‘Hey man, you’re breaking a lot of ankles out there. Don’t break your own.’ And he was like, ‘No, no, we got that.'”STAR SAFETYEric Berry hardly played last season because of a mysterious heel injury, though he was on the field for the AFC title game. Veach said the highly-paid safety would discuss with doctors and the training staff whether to have surgery this offseason.“There’s so much medical information they are working through,” he said. “They’re going through all the postseason evals and exams and then sit down and put together a plan.”THE LINEBACKERSThe Chiefs are expected to switch from a 3-4 defense to a 4-3 under new coordinator Steve Spagnuolo, and that could cause big personnel decisions. Veteran linebacker Justin Houston has the Chiefs’ biggest salary cap number at $21.1 million next season, while top pass rusher Dee Ford could be a candidate for the franchise tag as he hits free agency.“We are running a different scheme now and we started the process Monday of going through the roster, giving you a pure feel of strengths, weaknesses, where we can get better Nick Allegretti Jersey nfl draft ,” Veach said. “Dee is a player that has done so much for us. We’re excited about bringing him back.”OTHER CONTRACTSDefensive tackle Chris Jones and wide receiver Tyreek Hill are eligible for contract extensions this offseason, and Veach said those discussions could begin at the NFL combine.“We’ll have a lot of dialogue with their agents,” he said. “We want them to be here. I’m sure they want to be here and we want to keep this rolling.”HUNT’S FUTUREVeach danced around the question of whether the Chiefs would ever sign running back Kareem Hunt, whom they cut midway through the season after video surfaced of him kicking a woman in a Cleveland hotel. Hunt remains on the commissioner’s exempt list, but other teams have expressed an interest in the former NFL rushing champion.“Our focus and our hopes with Kareem is he’s able to take the steps necessary to get his life in order, and do the right things,” Veach said. “Everything else after that is not as important.” The 25-year-old Watkins is entering his second season in Kansas City" />Skip to main contentclockmenumore-arrownoyesHorizontal - WhiteArrowhead PrideArrowhead Pride | Kansas City Chiefs Schedule, News, Roster and StatsLog In or Sign UpLog InSign UpSeriesLatest NewsFanpostsFanshotsCommunityAboutStubHubMoreAll 322 blogs on Horizontal - WhiteSeries Stagner ThingsLottery Tickets ’19Summer of SpagsDixon’s MailbagLatest News Fanposts Most recentMost activeFanshots Community Community GuidelinesContactAbout StubHub ✕Peter Schrager says Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins “looks incredible”New,62commentsThe 25-year-old Watkins is entering his second season in Kansas CityCDTShareTweetShareSharePeter Schrager says Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins “looks incredible”Photo by David Eulitt/Getty ImagesOur friends at NFL Network’s Good Morning Football posed the following question on Monday: What would success look like for Patrick Mahomes in 2019?AP lobbyist Peter Schrager provided his answer:It is a great question and a better answer from Schrager. At the age of 23 in his first full season, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes already reached the peak of individual success by becoming the first AP NFL Most Valuable Player in franchise history. Mahomes was the youngest player ever to win the MVP award in the Super Bowl era.Now, in 2019, it has to be about team success — especially given the Chiefs being a foot away from the Super Bowl last year, plus the career trajectory of Andy Reid. The Chiefs have reached the playoffs in five of Reid’s six years in KC From China Nick Allegretti Jersey , they have achieved first-round byes and made it to the AFC title game. This season must be Super Bowl or failure.“Sammy Watkins looks incredible”What makes Schrager’s words even more interesting is that he mentioned and highlighed wide receiver Sammy Watkins. When Schrager mentioned “local guys,” that can’t mean local reporters — we won’t have the chance to see the Chiefs veterans practice until the first open OTA session on Thursday. He must mean team officials — coaches or staff that have been able to watch Watkins on a daily basis during phase two.Schrager’s words also fit well with this tweet that came through from the 25-year-old wide receiver over the weekend:Watkins’ best season came in 2015 with the Buffalo Bills, when he caught 60 passes for 1,047 yards and nine touchdowns. Always seeming to miss at least a game or two due to injury in his other four seasons, that was the only one in which he reached 1,000 yards or more.Watkins played in just 10 games for the Chiefs last season, starting nine and finishing with 40 catches for 519 yards and three touchdowns.Especially given the uncertainty surrounding the wide receiver room, Schrager’s words about Watkins should mean something to Chiefs fans. But I don’t think it has ever been an ability question when it comes to Watkins — rather much more so about durability.If Watkins can stay on the field for a full season, I think many are already aware of what he is capable of achieving — especially with the league MVP.