It’s tough to beat any team that has Andy Reid on the sidelines and both Patrick Mahomes and Travis Kelce on the field. It’s even tougher when that team has a near-automatic kicker.
Harrison Butker has missed only two playoff field-goal kicks in the Patrick Mahomes era. One of his key makes improbably sent last season’s divisional round game against the Bills to overtime.
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The 2022 season was difficult for Butker early. He missed time with an ankle injury and wasn’t himself when he returned. Fortunately for the Chiefs, Butker finished the year stronger and drilled two field goals in their divisional round win over the Jaguars.
How long do the Chiefs have Butker under contract? The Sporting News looks at Butker’s deal and where he ranks among the NFL’s highest-paid kickers.
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Harrison Butker contract breakdown
The Chiefs signed Butker to a five-year, $20.3 million contract extension in 2019. The deal took effect in 2020 and will run through 2024, meaning he has two years remaining after this season.
Butker is making $4.18 million this season, with $700,000 of that paid out as a signing bonus.
The Chiefs could save nearly $3 million by cutting Butker ahead of the 2023 season, but they would still be on the hook for more than $2 million and would be without one of the league’s better kickers when healthy.
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Butker did have a challenging 2022 season, but he had a 90.1 percent field-goal rate from 2017-21. For comparison, Justin Tucker’s NFL-record percentage is 90.5.
NFL’s highest-paid kickers
The Chiefs have gotten great value out of Butker, as more than a few kickers have surpassed his contract since it was signed nearly four years ago.
|1||Justin Tucker, Ravens||$6 million|
|2||Jason Myers, Seahawks||$5.28 million|
|3||Chris Boswell, Steelers||$5 million|
|4||Younghoe Koo, Falcons||$4.85 million|
|5||Graham Gano, Giants||$4.67 million|
|6||Daniel Carlson, Raiders||$4.6 million|
|7||Ka’imi Fairbairn, Texans||$4.41 million|
|8||Jason Sanders, Dolphins||$4.4 million|
|9||Brandon McManus, Broncos||$4.3 million|
|10||Mason Crosby, Packers||$4.3 million|
|11||Harrison Butker, Chiefs||$4.05 million|
|12||Wil Lutz, Saints||$4.05 million|
Butker now ranks 11th among all kickers in average annual value (AAV) at just over $4 million.
Tucker appropriately leads the way at $6 million per year, and Seattle’s Jason Myers just became the third kicker to surpass $5 million with a new extension.
While Butker is coming off a tough year, his excellent track record could soon have him asking for a more lucrative deal.