Chiefs TE Kelce gets $3m raise in contract restructure

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The Kansas City Chiefs and Travis Kelce have agreed to a contract restructure that will give the star tight end an additional $3 million in salary this season, according to NFL.com.

Kelce was slated to earn about $7.5 million in 2022, the first season of a four-year, $57 million extension he signed in August 2020 that contains $20.75 million in guarantees. Moving some of that money towards the front of the deal gives the Chiefs a little more salary cap flexibility in future years.

The 32-year-old Kelce was named to a seventh straight Pro Bowl in 2021 after recording 92 catches for 1,125 yards and nine touchdowns in 16 games.

Kelce’s six consecutive seasons with at least 80 receptions and 1,000 receiving yards is the longest streak by a tight end in NFL history and the longest active run of any player.

Only five players have produced those numbers in seven or more straight seasons. Jerry Rice, Marvin Harrison and Torry Holt each did so in eight consecutive seasons, while Tim Brown and Brandon Marshall had seven-year streaks.

Kelce has also been remarkably durable throughout his nine-year NFL career, having missed just three games over the past eight seasons.

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