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Travis Kelce contract details: What is his salary and how many years does he have left?

As one of the best tight ends today, you can bet that the Chiefs star makes a pretty penny. Of course, the question is, just how much does Travis Kelce pocket?

As one of the best tight ends today, you can bet that the Chiefs star makes a pretty penny. Of course, the question is, just how much does Travis Kelce pocket?

When looking back, it’s hard to believe that Travis Kelce was selected in the third round of the NFL Draft. Indeed, the 33-year-old now stands as one of the best in his position across the league and has picked up a number of accolades along the way, including the very same prize that he’s about to compete for once again, the Super Bowl. Fittingly, Kelce has been well compensated for his efforts, but how exactly? Let’s take a look at the contractual situation of this particular Chiefs star.

What does Travis Kelce’s contract look like?

Since being drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 NF Draft, tight end Travis Kelce has remained with the team through thick and thin. Having initially signed a four-year rookie contract worth $3.12 million with a signing bonus of $703,304, Kelce later signed a five-year contract extension worth $46 million. Then came the Chiefs’ Super Bowl victory in 2020, after which he signed another extension to the tune of four years and $57 million. This most recent contract will tie him to the Chiefs through until 2025. For an in depth look at the contract, see our breakdown below:

ContractSigning BonusAverage SalaryGTD at SigningTotal GTD
4 yr(s) / $57,250,000-$14,312,500$20,750,000$22,750,000
YearBase SalarySigning BonusRoster BonusWorkout BonusRestructureCap HitDead CapAnnual Income
2020$8,500,000$1,968,400$500,000$250,000-$11,218,400$24,936,80$9,294,294 ($9,294,294)
2021$5,250,000-$705,882$250,000$1,400,000$7,605,882$10,850,000$11,805,872 ($21,100,166)

What exactly is Travis Kelce paid?

If there’s one thing we can say about Kelce’s salary, it’s that he has to know he’s valued by the franchise. With his current deal, Kelce is set to earn a massive $56 million by the end of his contract, which also includes the possibility of an extension. As things stand, his average annual salary is projected at approximately $14 million. According the figures in 2022, the tight end’s base salary comes in at around $6.5 million with per game bonuses in addition to other add ons that serve to increase his earnings.

How much of Travis Kelce’s Contract is guaranteed?

As you probably know, a guaranteed sum in an NFL contract is a clause that makes sure that a player gets a certain amount of money from the contract even if they are unable to play due to injury, or if the contract is voided for some other unforeseen reason. Kelce’s four-year contract has a total guaranteed sum of $22,750,000. In 2021 he received a guaranteed roster bonus of $7 million, while in 2022 he earned $2 million of his salary as a guarantee.

What are the terms of Travis Kelce’s Contract?

  • $20.75M guaranteed at signing (2020 salary + 2021 salary + 2021 roster bonus)
  • $2M of 2022 salary fully guarantees on 3/18/2022 (injury guaranteed now)
  • 2021 Roster Bonus: $7M (guaranteed, paid 3/19/2021)
  • 2020 Per Game Active Bonus: $31,250 ($500,000)
  • 2021-2025 Per Game Active Bonus: $44,117 ($750,000, 16 likely to be earned in 2022)

It’s worth mentioning, that Kelce’s four-year extension deal would have officially started in 2022. Said deal would have been restructured using his previous contract extensions - signed in 2016 - as the base. This new four-year deal with its $57 million value includes a roster bonus worth more than $700,000 per season and also carries a workout bonus of $250,000 for each campaign.


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