As long as they have Mahomes & good coaching/fo, they'll be more than fine.
It's not like the team is made up of 1st Rd picks all over the place. And the ones that were are replaceable by in large except of course Mahomes. Hill, Hardman, Kelce, late Rd RB etc..
No reason to think that replicate this again. Or even improve if they get a lil lucky on D.
And like you said in 4-5 years Mahomes contract won't look bad at all. Every other position, even some QBs, its a 2-3 year league/contract.
Also for anyone thinking it's going to put them in cap hell lol. We're about to pony up 30m per for Brady in close to his mid 40's. Paying Mahomes 40 at 24, locking him up doesn't sound too bad at all right about now looking around the league.
No one’s saying they are going into cap hell.
They have a prime opportunity for the next 1-2 years to really maximize on Mahomes minimal cap space. Even though his contract won’t look as massive a few years into it, you’re still talking about a rookie contract being <5% of the cap versus a veteran contract being ~20%. Since the last CBA and the rookie salary scale, this has been the most cap-proof a team can possibly be in having the league’s best QB practically playing for free with the an entire cap to support him. They are okay even overpaying for some guys like Watkins as long as that gets the talent they need.
Rams did something similar in recognizing last year was Goff’s final rookie discount season and went all-in. Of course, Mahomes is much better than Goff. But just pointing out the different approaches to building the roster based on the QB’s status. It does make a big difference with the flexibility.
I think the Chiefs will still be a good team after they extend him and have to take the hits at some point, but as you said, that’s when it will be more dependent on coaching/front office, or in some rare cases (Green Bay!!!) the quarterback being open to team efficiency ahead of personal accomplishments.