Chiefs announce Patrick Mahomes will start Sunday

Aug 31 2017 Kansas City MO USA Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes drops back for a pass in the first half against the Tennessee Titans at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

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Reid announced he'd give incumbent starter Alex Smith the week off and start rookie passer Patrick Mahomes in his stead to close out the regular season.

The Chiefs selected a former Texas Tech quarterback in the 2017 draft, and they plan to play him in the final week of the season.

The Chiefs have secured the AFC West division title and are locked in to the fourth seed, so the outcome of the game is meaningless as far as playoff implications are concerned.

Mahomes was taken at No. 10 overall after the Chiefs traded up with the Buffalo Bills, but has been forced to sit behind Smith, who has enjoyed a career year in Kansas City with over 4,000 passing yards and another Pro Bowl nod.

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If Mahomes is starting though, I can assume other starters will be sitting out.

Smith's contract with the Chiefs doesn't expire until after the 2018 season, but if the team wants to move forward with Mahomes, cutting ties with him after this year would lead to $3.6 million in dead money against the salary cap in '18, not a bad amount to carry on the books.

Many believe that Reid is quite high on Mahomes and his future in the league.

Well, it took a bit longer than the other two first-round quarterbacks of the 2017 class, but Mahomes is finally making his debut. He also made at ton of pretty throws.

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