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Travis Kelce Has Humble Response to Being Underpaid

Devon Platana
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has a humble response to the idea of him being underpaid.
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has a humble response to the idea of him being underpaid. / Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco 49ers' George Kittle appeared on the Pro Football Talk podcast, discussing how he believes that fellow tight end Travis Kelce is among the NFL's underpaid players. Kelce's making $14.3 million in 2022, whereas a lot of the top wide receivers are making north of $20 million.

Kelce commented on Kittle's remarks following the Kansas City Chiefs' organized team activities (OTAs) on Thursday. He said that he appreciates his friend's feelings, but that carving a legacy is more important to him than making more money.

Kansas City Chiefs News

Kelce added that he understood what he was getting into when he signed a four-year, $57 million contract extension in August 2020. Taking a bargain of a deal allows the Chiefs to allocate money elsewhere to help field a strong roster.

"Money, in my mind, is almost secondary at this point in my career. I’m here for the legacy and I’m here to try and make the Kansas City Chiefs the best team possible."

Travis Kelce

Nobody would bat an eye if Kelce demanded more money. He's posted six straight 1,000-plus-yard campaigns since 2016. During that time, he ranks second among all players in receptions (565), first in receiving yards (7,269) and sixth in receiving touchdowns (47).

Although he's a tight end, Kelce plays like an oversized receiver whenever he takes the field. With the Chiefs trading WR Tyreek Hill to the Miami Dolphins this offseason, Patrick Mahomes is going to rely on Kelce in 2022 more than he usually does.

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There's a good chance that Kelce's bargain contract will pay off for the Chiefs again in the 2022 NFL season. FanDuel Sportsbook is giving Kansas City +950 odds to win Super Bowl LVII next February.

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