Patrick Mahomes is an obvious one. Laurent Duvernay-Tardif? Not so much. Either way, the K.C. Chiefs have given out no-trade clauses to both players in the last calendar year, and those two clauses make up 25 percent of all such guarantees in the National Football League.
Earlier this week, NFL reporter Field Yates floated the anecdote on Twitter that the NFL is very stingy when it comes to providing players with any real level of control over their futures. Typically, the no-trade clause is reserved for players who obviously are not going anywhere—highly paid, extremely talented quarterbacks, for instance. In total, he says there’s only eight of them. Here’s Yates’ original post.
The 8 NFL players with a no-trade clause:
▪️Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (part of his restructure)
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) February 24, 2021
With Mahomes, Russell Wilson, Drew Brees, and Deshaun Watson among the lot of players given a no-trade clause, it meant that four of the top six or eight quarterbacks in the league enjoyed that sort of contractual staple. When the Chiefs gave one to Mahomes, it made sense. The entire contract—the sheer enormity of it in duration and money—was intended to be an anchor of stability. It was a wedding ring given between franchise and quarterback, a symbol that the team didn’t want Mahomes to ever play for any other team, so help…