After five years, the Patrick Mahomes trade is officially resolved (2024)

Sometimes, you can look back on a single sports moment that changed the course of history. With the benefit of hindsight, the Kansas City Chiefs and the Buffalo Bills hammering out a draft-day trade in 2017 was one of those turning points.

That deal, of course, allowed KC to move up to the 10th spot and select a Texas Tech quarterback by the name of Patrick Mahomes. In exchange for that pick, they sent back their original first-round pick (27th overall), a 2017 third-round pick and a 2018 first-round pick.

It goes without saying that the Chiefs won that exchange. Whether you love him or hate him, no one can dispute Mahomes' impact; since assuming the starting job, it's seemed like he has a guaranteed ticket to the AFC title game. And with three Super Bowl titles and two regular-season MVPs under his belt already, No. 15 has given a previously cursed franchise a reason to believe again.

But now, as of Wednesday, a final detail has fallen into place to confirm the Bills as a big-time loser.

Let's break things down.

After five years, the Patrick Mahomes trade is officially resolved (1)

The Mahomes Trade Pieces Have Left the Building

In the NFL, the salary cap can sometimes seem like a non-factor. Thanks to the ability to restructure major contracts (like Mahomes'), teams can create more spending room out of what looks like thin air. But that financial ceiling is a real thing, as the Buffalo Bills proved.

On Wednesday, the AFC East club made a series of cap-motivated rooms in order to balance the books ahead of the start of the 2024 league year. Veteran Von Miller reworked his contract, while center Mitch Morse, safety Jordan Poyer and cornerback Tre'Davious White are getting cut. White will technically be designated as a post-June 1 cut, again for financial reasons, but the end result is the same. And while those were the biggest names, some other players were also sent packing.

The #Bills have released:

- CB Tre’Davious White
- C Mitch Morse
- S Jordan Poyer
- S Siran Neal
- WR Deonte Harty
- RB Nyheim Hines

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But in the context of the Mahomes trade, it is White's name that looms the largest.

As mentioned above, the Bills got three picks back in their exchange with the Chiefs. The 2017 first turned into White, while that year's extra third-rounder was packaged in a pick-swap that brought Zay Jones to Buffalo. Then, the 2018 first-round pick was swapped with Baltimore, bringing Tremain Edmunds to Western New York.

And now, with White's impending departure, all those players will have left Buffalo. Jones was traded in 2019 (he's now on his third NFL team), and Edmunds joined the Bears in 2023 as a free agent. The only remaining loose end is Tommy Doyle, who was drafted with a pick obtained in the Jones trade, but he's only appeared in 12 career games due to injuries. At this point, it's unlikely he'll turn into a game-changer.

Given that Mahomes is not only still in Kansas City but also leading the Chiefs to dynastic success as one of the league's top players, it's officially safe to declare a winner and a loser of that draft-day exchange.

With that being said, though, the Bills haven't exactly been mired in mediocrity since that fateful trade. They executed their own draft-day deal in 2018, moving up to snag Josh Allen in the first round. And while he hasn't brought Mahomes-level success back to New York State, he has been a franchise cornerstone in his own right.

So, what can we take from that reality?

Beyond the interesting nugget/potential joke ammunition about how the Bills' side of the Mahomes trade is now a closed book, it's a reminder of the reality of draft picks. It can be easy to hold them up as a valuable asset, capable of turning the worst team into a contender, but that's not always the case. While you might think a three-for-one swap is a slam dunk, you end up with egg on your face when that one turns into a generational player.

But, by that same token, they're not complete trash, ready to be traded away at the drop of a hat, either. A single pick salvaged things for Buffalo, after all. Things would look significantly uglier in hindsight if Allen hadn't arrived a year later.

Ultimately, that's where the collective skill of an organization's front office and scouting staff comes in. Drafting is a gamble, but there's something to be said for placing bets with the best knowledge of the odds possible.

As much as we can say "Just draft a franchise quarterback/game-changing talent" from the sidelines, it's not that easy.

Looking at Mahomes' trade and Allen's subsequent selection underscores that reality.

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After five years, the Patrick Mahomes trade is officially resolved (2024)


What is the trade value of Mahomes? ›

Trade value on the open market is 15.64 which ranks him 4th among quarterback's and 50th overall. His maximum trade value within the past 60 days is 16.61.

How did Patrick Mahomes change the world? ›

Off the field, Mahomes proved to be an engaged social justice advocate. In 2020, in the wake of the killing of Black American George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer, he joined a group of other prominent Black football players in making a video that challenged the NFL to condemn racism.

What did Patrick Mahomes accomplish? ›

Mahomes has led the Chiefs to six consecutive AFC Championship Game appearances and four Super Bowl appearances since becoming the team's starting quarterback in 2018. He is one of five quarterbacks in NFL history to win three or more Super Bowls.

Who drafted Patrick Mahomes? ›

Patrick Mahomes declared for the 2017 NFL Draft at the age of 22. The Kansas City Chiefs traded up with the Buffalo Bills to secure the overall 10th selection, making Mahomes their first pick in the draft.

Is Mahomes a millionaire? ›

Turning to his financial status, Mahomes boasts a net worth of $70 million, largely derived from his NFL earnings.

How much is Mahomes 10 year contract worth? ›

Mahomes signed a 10-year contract with the Chiefs worth up to $503 million. The deal was the largest contract in American professional sports history and the quarterback was also the first professional athlete to ink a half-billion dollar contract.

Who is Patrick Mahomes half sister? ›

How many Super Bowls has Patrick Mahomes lost? ›

Patrick Mahomes has 1 loss in Super Bowls in his career.
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Why Patrick Mahomes is the best QB of all time? ›

But Mahomes stands alone as the youngest player ever to win league MVP and Super Bowl MVP in the same season. Mahomes also already has more passing yards and touchdowns than Brady did in his 20s. Mahomes has two more MVPs and six more Pro Bowl honors than Brady had at the same period in his position.

What kind of car does Patrick Mahomes drive? ›

Ferrari 812 Superfast

As a professional athlete with a multi-million-dollar contract, Mahomes certainly has the means to indulge in his love for luxury cars. But beyond the material trappings, his ownership of a Ferrari 812 Superfast speaks to his drive, ambition, and determination to be the best in everything he does.

Who is number 85 on the Chiefs? ›

Izaiah Gathings85TE
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What QB was picked before Patrick Mahomes? ›

Mitchell Trubisky was the only quarterback drafted ahead of Patrick Mahomes in the 2017 NFL Draft. Trubisky was selected second overall out of North Carolina by the Chicago Bears. Mahomes was picked 10th by the Kansas City Chiefs after his college football career at Texas Tech.

Who was Chiefs QB before Patrick? ›

Most games as starting quarterback
1Len Dawson1962–75
2Patrick Mahomes2017–present
3Trent Green2001–06
4Bill Kenney1980–88
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What religion is Patrick Mahome? ›

He gave me the strength to be out here.” The interview called back to the many other times Mahomes has spoken about his Christian faith during his NFL career. The quarterback, who is 27, has previously said his relationship with God helps him deal with on-field adversity and stay true to himself.

How much money does Mahomes make off of endorsem*nts? ›

Mahomes has made an estimated $20 million from endorsem*nts in 2022.

How many draft picks is Mahomes worth? ›

Mahomes is worth 10 first-round picks, but the Commanders can only trade their next four on draft night (draft picks past 2025 can't be dealt this offseason). So Washington would have to find a way to acquire six more first-round picks over the next four drafts with the intention to trade those to Kansas City.

How much was Tyreek Hill traded for? ›

Hill was traded to Miami for five draft picks — 2022 first-, second-, and fourth-round picks as well as 2023 fourth- and sixth-round picks — in the 2022 offseason.

How much is Patrick Mahomes signing bonus? ›

$208.1M injury guarantee. $133.7M full guarantee. $20.57M signing bonus. The restructured contract was first reported by ESPN.

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