KANSAS CITY – The Chiefs are notorious, at least the last few years, for spending money. Just look at the Patrick Mahomes deal. The 26-year-old quarterback earned a 10-year, $450 million deal. All of which is deserved. I mean, the guy did deliver a Super Bowl to a franchise in dire need of one.
They also spent a ton of money on Chris Jones, who is the team’s best defensive player. Jones is currently earning $20 million a year on a four-year deal worth $80 million. Another deal that is worth every penny.
While they have spent money in the past, there are three contracts that they did not spend a whole lot on. Yet, the productions are worth way more.
Chiefs’ best contracts in the 2022 season
Ronald Jones II, RB
The new backup running back is everything the Chiefs are paying for and could be more.
On a one-year deal worth $1.5 million, Ronald Jones is the perfect backup. While he will be the backup, Jones has shown that he could start for some other teams in the NFL.
Last season’s stats were not great for Jones, but he also played behind Leonard Fournette. Jones saw 101 carries last year and amassed 428 rushing yards and four rushing touchdowns.
While those numbers aren’t great, his 2020 stats are. Jones finished with 192 carries, 978 rushing yards, and seven rushing touchdowns at 5.1 yards per carry. Jones’ 2020 Pro Football Focus grade was 73.6 overall, and 85.0 rush grade.
Jones is a starting-caliber running back earning backup money. It’s that simple.
JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR
Due to an injury-riddled season in 2022, the Chiefs were able to steal Smith-Schuster with a one-year $3.25 million deal. In other words, his stats last year really have no meaning, at all.
But from 2018-to 2020, Smith-Schuster put up some amazing numbers. In 2018, he recorded 1426 receiving yards on 111 receptions.
In 2020, the former Steelers receiver drew 125 targets and walked away with 97 receptions, 831 yards, and nine touchdowns.
Smith-Schuster is on a one-year prove-it deal, and he could prove this year he is worth far more.
Trey Smith, OL
The now second-year player is only earning $3.6 million over the next four years. Smith was one of the best rookies last year. If it wasn’t for his teammate, Creed Humphrey, he would have been the Chiefs’ best rookie.
Due to where he was drafted, Smith was given a smaller deal. However, he started every game for Kansas City in 2022.
In those 17 games, Smith finished with the second most total offensive snaps in the league, with 1194. According to PFF, Smith finished with an overall grade of 72.3, a pass block grade of 63.6, and a 75.9 run block grade.
Trey Smith is a guy who will easily be making some more money when this contract is over.
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