The Kansas City Chiefs have made a habit of locking up their young talent the last couple of years and they continued that on Friday, signing K Ryan Succop to a 5-year, $14 million extension, according to Adam Schefter.
Succop’s new deal is said to include a $2 million signing bonus and $2 million in guaranteed salary for next season. The three-year veteran can also reach incentives if he is voted to the Pro Bowl and the Chiefs make the playoffs every season.
After struggling out of the gate this season, Succop ripped off 22 straight field goals, tying Pete Stoyanovich’s franchise record. The Oakland Raiders blocked the potential record-breaking field goal attempt, the first of two kicks Succop had blocked in the 16-13 loss.
The Chiefs selected Succop with the final pick in the 2009 Draft — “Mr. Irrelevant” — and he promptly turned in one of the best rookie seasons from a kicker the league has ever seen by hitting on over 86 percent of his field goal attempts.
Succop followed up his impressive debut with an up-and-down 2010 and struggled early this season. During the impressive streak, he looked a lot more like the guy we saw as a rookie. Even with those early struggles and two blocked kicks against the Raiders, Succop still owns a nearly 83 percent connect rate this season.
Where does this contract rank among the league’s kickers? Raiders Pro Bowler Sebastian Janikowski’s last extension was four years and $16 million, significantly behind Succop’s deal.
Considering the Chiefs have plenty of money to spend, it’s a solid deal for both sides.