The Kansas City Chiefs were active in the early stages of NFl free agency but barring any cuts, KC could be finished adding players. At least for now.
— Spotrac.com (@spotrac) March 17, 2013
They are right.
Keep in mind these are all unofficial numbers but Spotrac is usually pretty close to accurate. The 2013 NFL salary cap is $123 million. With this Chiefs sitting at $119.8, they basically have no wiggle room.
Remember that KC is going to be adding a handful of new players through the NFL Draft. The Chiefs will have to leave some cap room so that they can sign all of their rookies.
That means if KC has any other free agents they want to sign, they will likely have to make some cuts or restructure some deals to give themselves the room. KC has time because the rookie deals don’t count until the players actually sign contracts. Theoretically the Chiefs could sign another player and make cuts later but they may not want to go down that road.
Looking over the Chiefs’ cap hits, the easiest way for KC to free up some space would be to work out a long-term deal with LT Branden Albert. Currently, Albert is set to play under the franchise tag (though he has yet to sign it) and will count for a cap hit of over $9 million for 2013.
The Chiefs have been surprising us all offseason and they haven’t made a ton of cuts so I wouldn’t be surprised if there are some moves on the horizon. Still, KC is in pretty good shape and Dorsey and Reid may be turning their attention to the NFL Draft.
What do you think, Addicts? Are the Chiefs done spending in free agency until after the draft or do they have a few more tricks up their sleeve?