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How Much Patrick Mahomes' Next Contract Reportedly Might Be Worth

A closeup of Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes.

KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - JANUARY 20: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs looks on prior to the AFC Championship Game against the New England Patriots at Arrowhead Stadium on January 20, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Dak Prescott is currently the NFL quarterback everyone is talking about when it comes to contracts. How much will the Dallas Cowboys give the former Mississippi State star?

Reports suggested Prescott was looking for something in the $35 million-plus range, potentially making him the highest-paid quarterback in the league. Others suggested Prescott would end up with something in the low-$30 million range, still good enough for a top-five salary.

Regardless of what's actually true, it's a near-certainty that Prescott is going to get paid a lot of money.

The quarterback who's really going to get paid, though, is Patrick Mahomes. The Kansas City Chiefs' young star should end up being the highest-paid NFL player of all-time.

What will Mahomes' next contract actually look like? The Ringer went through the numbers.

Here's the "most-likely" scenario: A contract worth north of $200 million.

The most likely scenario would be a four-year deal worth $160 million, with a $70 million signing bonus, $106 million guaranteed at signing, and $128 million of practical guarantees. All of those figures would be records. But even a contract for $40 million per year isn’t capturing Mahomes’s true value.

Mahomes, 23, has two seasons left on his rookie deal, though quarterbacks often sign extensions with one year remaining, so a new contract could be coming in 2020.

There are other options for Mahomes, as outlined by The Ringer, like a short-term contract for something like three years, allowing him to hit free agency again in his prime.

Mahomes will need to produce and, more importantly, stay healthy this season in order to make all of this happen. Of course, most people expect that to happen.

The Chiefs are set to open the 2019 regular season on Sunday, Sept. 8 at Jacksonville.