He has 41 receptions for 455 yards and seven touchdowns through six games.
He also led the Chiefs in receiving yards in three of those games.
Kelce also has two 100-yard games, including his 108-yard performance in their Week 6 loss to the Buffalo Bills.
But despite his efforts, the team decided to tinker with his contract.
The Chiefs have restructured the contract of All Pro TE Travis Kelce, converting base salary into a signing bonus to clear $3.455M in cap space, per source.
— Field Yates (@FieldYates) October 18, 2022
ESPN’s Field Yates tweeted, “The Chiefs have restructured the contract of All Pro TE Travis Kelce, converting base salary into a signing bonus to clear $3.455M in cap space, per source.”
The former Cincinnati standout signed a four-year, $57.25 million contract during the 2020 offseason.
Last year, he also agreed to convert $5.6 million of his 2021 salary into a signing bonus to free up $7.4 million in cap space.
The recent restructuring of his contract brings his 2022 base salary to $2,893,333.
He also has an $8.4 million cap hit and a $2.75 million roster bonus.
Kelce is also entitled to a $250,000 workout bonus.
The Chiefs can use the additional space to sign players to fortify some weak positions especially come playoff time.
It can also be used to give contract extensions to key players.
Kelce is signed with the Chiefs until 2025 and will have an $11.25 million base salary next season.
Kelce Keeping The Chiefs Competitive
Tyreek Hill‘s departure could have spelled doom for the Chiefs.
However, Kelce is carrying the load for the squad that selected him in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft.
He had four touchdowns despite finishing with only 25 receiving yards in their win against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Aside from his exploits this season, he is a three-time First-Team All-Pro and three-time Second-Team All-Pro.