Salary Cap Digest: Breaking Down Kansas City Chiefs Biggest Cap Hits

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Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to the sidelines during the first quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 4, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith (11) looks to the sidelines during the first quarter of the 2013 AFC wild card playoff football game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Andrew Weber-USA TODAY Sports

It is no secret the Chiefs are going to need to open up some cap space if they are going to be able to make the necessary upgrades they need to the roster. As things stand now, the Chiefs have $3 million to work with (includes Dunta Robinson release) to fill key holes at wide receiver, defensive back, and the defensive line.

On Friday, Albert Breer took a look at all 12 playoff teams from 2013 and listed the top five cap hits for the 2014 season. Here’s what he found for Kansas City.

Breer notes that of the 12 playoff teams, Kansas City’s top five cap hits total ranks second. Only New Orleans will pay more for their top five players. So what can the Chiefs do to help bring those numbers down? Let’s take a look at them one-by-one.

(Note: All salary numbers are from Over the Cap.)

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