Travis Kelce Says He Intends to Continue Playing “Until the Wheels Fall Off”

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in 2017
Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce in 2017. Photo by Chris Szagola/CSM/REX/Shutterstock (9254788cx)

Don’t expect Kansas City Chiefs star tight end Travis Kelce to announce his retirement anytime soon.

Kelce has played for 11 seasons in the NFL and will turn 35 in October. But, it appears that the nine-time Pro Bowler isn’t thinking about the end of his career just yet and believes he still has plenty left in the tank.

“I’m gonna do it until the wheels fall off,” Kelce said. “Hopefully, that doesn’t happen anytime soon. I can definitely understand that it’s toward the end of the road than the beginning of it. I just gotta make sure I’m set up for after football as well … I really can’t put a time frame on it.”

The Chiefs also believe that Kelce will play for a while more and continue being productive on the field. Earlier this offseason, the franchise gave Kelce a new contract extension that runs through 2027. The deal made him the highest-paid tight end in the league with a $17.125 million yearly average.

Kelce didn’t play up to his standards during the 2023 regular season, finishing the campaign with 93 catches for 984 yards and five touchdowns. It was the first time since 2015 that Kelce had less than 1,000 yards receiving.

However, Kelce came through in the postseason, setting a new NFL playoff record with 32 catches and helping the Chiefs to win their second-straight Super Bowl.

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