Patrick Mahomes wasn't too thrilled after hearing about the "homework" clause in Kyler Murray's contract with the Arizona Cardinals as he feels the Black quarterbacks are still evulated differently. Murray got his wish fulfilled when the Cardinals gave him a five-year, $230.5 million contract but his contract also included an independent four-hour game study per week.
After seeing the public reaction, the Cardinals terminated the "homework" clause from Murray's contract. Still, Mahomes feels it should not have been added at first place. "Obviously, the Black quarterback has had to battle to be in this position that we are to have this many guys in the league playing,'' Mahomes said, per ESPN.
"Every day, we're proving that we should have been playing the whole time. We've got guys that can think just as well as they can use their athleticism. It's always weird when you see guys like me, Lamar [Jackson], Kyler kind of get that on them when other guys don't.
But at the same time we're going out there to prove ourselves every day to show we can be some of the best quarterbacks in the league.' '
Mahomes feels he has more to prove
Mahomes is widely considered as one of the best quarterbacks in the league, but he admits he is feeling he has more to prove.
"You always feel like you have more to prove,'' Mahomes said. "I promise Tom Brady is feeling like he has more to prove. That comes with any sport, any competitor. If you're not getting better, you're getting worse. They build you up to tear you down.
You've got to kind of know that. For me, it's all about how I can make myself better, not what other people say. How can I make myself better so that we go out there and play football games? At the end of the day nothing matters until you're on that football field playing and that's where you get to prove who you are every single day.'
' The Chiefs suffered a disappointing loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC Championship Game last season. Mahomes was visibly disappointed after the loss and promised fans the Chiefs would bounce back.