The Kansas City Chiefs signed kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com. The new deal will add five years and roughly $20 million on to Butker’s current contract, keeping him locked in for the next six seasons and through the end of the 2024 campaign.
The #Chiefs signed their kicker Harrison Butker to a contract extension, locking him in on a 5-year deal worth roughly $20M, source said. He’s on the books for 6 years total. Not bad for a player signed off the #Panthers practice squad.
— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) June 13, 2019
The Chiefs kept Butker on the team this offseason thanks to the exclusive rights free agent tender that issued him a $645K contract in 2019.
Butker, 23, was drafted by the Panthers in the seventh round of the 2017 draft. Not long after he was placed on Carolina’s practice squad, the Chiefs took a chance on him. Although they didn’t know it then, Kansas City had found themselves a guy who would be able to kick big field goals in high pressure situations for many years to come.
In his rookie season in 2017, appearing in just 13 games, Butker connected on 38 field goals in a league-high 42 attempts, including four of five from at least 50 yards out. That same season, he connected on all 28 extra points.
Due to the Chiefs’ increase in offensive production in 2018, Butker’s field goal total dropped to 24 makes in 27 attempts, including two of four from more than 50 yards. However, the impressive season-long performance from Mahomes and Co. meant Butker was on the field for a league-leading 69 extra points, of which he connected for a league-leading 65 times.