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Chiefs’ Travis Kelce Likely To Pass Four All-Time Greats In 2022

Chiefs’ tight end Travis Kelce has cemented his legacy as one of the league’s all-time great pass catchers. Kelce, who will be 33 in October, currently ranks second in franchise history in receiving yards. He is also tied with Otis Taylor for the second-most receiving touchdowns in team history. Kelce’s mark of 70.9 yards per game in his career falls second to just Tyreek Hill in Chiefs history.

As we approach next season, much like Patrick Mahomes, Travis Kelce has his eyes set on surpassing the next group of all-time greats ahead of him. Kelce already has the most 1,000-yard seasons in history by a tight end, with six. In 2016, Greg Olsen became the first tight end to ever post three consecutive 1,000-yard seasons. Travis Kelce has now achieved all six of his in consecutive years to set his own record.

Travis Kelce sets the record for single-season receiving yards by a TE! #ChiefsKingdom @tkelce 📺: #ATLvsKC on FOX 📱: NFL app // Yahoo Sports app: — NFL (@NFL) December 27, 2020

2020 saw Kelce set the single-season yardage record for a tight end, with 1,416. Kelce’s resume is already outstanding. The three-time All-Pro has already made his mark as one of the league’s all-time great pass catchers. He would certainly become a first-ballot Hall of Famer if he were to retire today. With so much done already, what is Kelce set to accomplish next season?

Chiefs’ Travis Kelce Is Set To Pass Two Broncos Legends In 2022

Travis Kelce should easily move his name further up the all-time NFL leaderboards with a healthy performance next season. Next in his sights are two former Bronco legends. Shannon Sharpe played a total of 12 NFL seasons. He was an eight-time Pro Bowler before being selected to the NFL Hall of Fame in 2011. In his career (1990-2003), Sharpe caught 815 passes for 10,060 receiving yards and 62 receiving touchdowns.

Sharpe currently ranks fourth all-time among tight ends in receiving yards and seventh all-time in touchdowns at the position. With 1,055 yards next season, Kelce would surpass Sharpe for the fourth-most yards in a career by a tight end. With just six touchdowns, he would surpass Sharpe in career touchdowns as well.

Fellow Bronco (and Patriot) wide receiver Wes Welker played a total of 13 NFL seasons. Welker was a five-time Pro Bowler and two-time All-Pro wide receiver. Ironically, despite appearing in three Super Bowls (two with Tom Brady and one with Peyton Manning), Welker never won a Super Bowl. He caught 903 passes for 9,924 yards and 50 touchdowns in his career. Kelce has already surpassed Welker’s career touchdown mark and, with just 919 yards next season, will surpass his yardage total.

Two Future Hall Of Famers Remain In Lingo And Could Be Passed By Chiefs’ Kelce Next Year

Former players aren’t the only ones that Kelce could eclipse next season. With another strong showing, he has a good shot to pass future Hall of Famers Julio Jones and Rob Gronkowski. For the next two decades, NFL fans may debate who the best tight end of all time is. The debate will certainly involve Gronkowski and Kelce.

Gronk’s touchdown dominance may never be matched by the Chiefs’ superstar. Currently, he is 35 career touchdowns behind the Tom Brady’s favorite target. However, Kelce could surpass Gronk early next season in terms of yardage. In 143 games played, Gronk has 9,286 career receiving yards. Kelce, in 16 fewer games, has just 280 yards less. With the return of Tom Brady, the Buccaneers are hopeful that the veteran Tight End will return for next season as well. Even if he does, don’t be surprised if Kelce still passes his career yardage total (Gronk has averaged just 702 yards receiving in his past three seasons played).

A second future Hall of Famer currently sits on the free-agent market without a team for next season. Long-time Falcon, Julio Jones, has been among the best wide receivers in the NFL since he entered the league in 2011. Now, 11 years later, Jones has amassed 13,330 career receiving yards and 61 receiving touchdowns. There’s no possibility that Kelce passes Jones’ historic yardage total in 2022. However, with just five more touchdowns than Jones in 2022, Kelce will pass the future Hall of Famer.

Where he plays will be a huge deciding factor, but Jones has averaged just 3.3 touchdowns in his previous three seasons between Atlanta and Tennessee. He’s started just nine games on average each of the past two seasons and isn’t guaranteed a strong among of production wherever he lands next season.

Regardless of where he stands after next season, one thing remains unquestioned: Chiefs’ Tight End Travis Kelce is among the very best pass catchers we have ever seen in the NFL. Below are Kelce’s stats among all-time greats in their first eight seasons as a starter:

  1. Travis Kelce (Chiefs): 704 rec, 9006 yards, 57 touchdowns

  2. Tony Gonzalez (Chiefs/Falcons): 615 rec, 7442 yards, 54 touchdowns

  3. Antonio Gates (Chargers): 529 rec, 7005 yards, 69 touchdowns

  4. Rob Gronkowski (Patriots/Buccaneers): 474 rec, 7,179 yards, 76 touchdowns

  5. Shannon Sharpe (Broncos/Ravens): 522 rec, 6,660 yards, 43 touchdowns

  6. Jason Witten (Cowboys/Raiders): 661 rec, 7,562 yards, 40 touchdowns

Where do you think Travis Kelce will rank among the all-time great Tight Ends once his career wraps up? Do you expect him to post a seventh straight 1,000-yard season in 2022?

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