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Chiefs Extend Kelce; Make Him The Second-Highest Paid TE In The NFL
The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the team has signed tight end Travis Kelce to a contract extension. Terms of the contract will not be released by the club, but multiple reports indicate it's a five-year deal worth $46 million. It includes a signing bonus of just under $10 million with $20.5 guaranteed. It has a maximum value of $50 million.

The questions fantasy football owners will be asking, of course, are whether the Chiefs will begin using him and whether Kelce will begin producing like they're paying him.

As the Sports Xchange notes, the prediction was 2015 would be when Kelce elevated into the top rung of NFL tight ends.

His size, speed and running after the catch are clearly special. But as he was in previous seasons, Kelce remained inconsistent.

He was outstanding in yards after the catch, but has too many drops, fumbles and penalties, plus Kelce's not always the most reliable blocker. Opponents showed him more attention in coverage, but that's what happens to tight ends that can be downfield threats.

The upside, however, is obvious.

The 6-5, 260-pound Kelce has played in 33 games (27 starts) in three NFL seasons with Kansas City. His career numbers include 139 receptions for 1,737 yards (12.5 avg.) with 10 touchdowns.

After missing the majority of 2013 to a knee injury, Kelce has produced two seasons with more than 50 catches. In 2015 he recorded his highest totals, catching 72 passes for 875 yards (12.2 avg.) with five touchdowns.

Perhaps with the new contract will come a new and increased focus from head coach and play caller Andy Reid to make Kelce and even bigger factor going forward. Something along the lines of the 14 catches and 151 yards in two postseason games this year would be ideal.