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The NFL has yet to set a team salary cap for 2012 but teams are expecting it to be about the same as last year, when it was $120,375,000. The Chiefs have an extra $24,014,337 under their cap, the amount they didn’t spend under last year’s cap. So, using last year’s figure as a guide, the Chiefs have $144,389,337 to spend under their salary cap.

Salary figures provided to The Kansas City Star show the Chiefs with cap commitments totaling $107,009,195, leaving them with $37,380,142 in available salary cap space.

By that definition, it has been a failure so far.

The only way Hunt’s reputation in Kansas City will catch up to what insiders around the league think of him is for the Chiefs to win. And if that’s going to happen, it almost certainly must come now as the team enters a crucial offseason with personnel decisions and key players running out of prime years.

“My only caution is, you can never look at one year and say ‘This is who we are,’” Hunt says. “The Chiefs won the division in 2010, and they should’ve won it in 2011. So to me, I’m already seeing some of the success from the rebuilding effort we went through. I just want to make sure we don’t get back in a position where we’re building again.”

The NFL has yet to set a team salary cap for 2012, but teams are expecting it to be about the same as last year: $120,375,000. The Chiefs also have $24,014,337 they didn’t use against their 2011 cap that they can use in 2012. So the Chiefs’ adjusted salary cap for 2012 is $144,389,337.

Subtracting total salary cap obligations of $107,009,195 (explained below), that leaves the Chiefs with $37,380,142 of available cap room. The top 51 cap numbers count against the salary cap.

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