Report: Salary Cap to Rise to “About $130 Million”

Jan 22, 2013; Mobile AL, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey discusses with his scouts and coaches following the Senior Bowl South Squad practice at Ladd-Peebles Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City got some great news ahead of the NFL Combine and the start of free agency with a report from Adam Schefter. If the headline didn’t tell you enough, this tweet will:

This is a massive development for the cap-strapped Chiefs. The original thought was the salary cap would rise to around $126 million, giving the Chiefs a little under $6 million in cap room to work with heading into the start of free agency. The news of a potential addition of $4 million to the cap could mean the difference between the Chiefs keeping someone like Dexter McCluster or Geoff Schwartz as opposed to losing them to free agency.

This doesn’t relieve all of the pressure for the Chiefs, but the extra space helps tremendously. Depending on what Alex Smith’s contract extension looks like and if the Chiefs are able to work out a deal with Eric Berry or Tamba Hali, the Chiefs’ cap situation is still very tight. So not much has changed in terms of the need to open up more space. But the amount of space the Chiefs need to open just got smaller, which should help Kansas City prevent further cap problems in the future.

Should the cap be set to $129 million – a more conservative estimate since Schefter said “about” $130 million – Kansas City would have approximately $8.45 million in cap space to work with before the start of free agency. That number is also based the top 53 contracts and not top 51, which is what matters for the March 11 deadline. The Chiefs would have been under the cap before the deadline no matter what so there was not too much urgency to create space now. However, Kansas City may need to make some room with a few June cuts if they find themselves over the cap after free agency.

At least now they have a little more wiggle room to not have to make those cuts. Good news all around.

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  • Montez K.

    We must keep McCluster. He is just getting warmed up!

    • KCMikeG

      Hell yeah! This will be the first time he will get to go to camp in the same offensive system since we drafted him. He just had his best year leading the NFL in PR yards & TD’s. Reid loves him, wanted to draft him and will utilize him even more next year!

  • Tristian

    This is great but somebody explain the mccluster love affair everyone seems to have. Im not understanding outside of special teams what his value is. If the chiefs don’t keep him its because he will ask for receiver type money instead of his main value which is special teams. As a receiver you guys saw him. He is below average to average. Don’t misunderstand me. Id love to keep him but at the right price which in my mind is 3 million or less a year. Im not knocking mccluster by any stretch. Im just not sure he will ask for what he is really worth. I think he will ask for more. Hope im wrong

    • KCMikeG

      I think he will ask for around $2.5M (what Emmanuel Sanders got last year) to $3M. He is worth every penny of that. The love affair was born on that rain soaked opening week MNF game in 2010 at Arrowhead when he took a punt back 94 yards setting our all-time record. He stepped in and contributed 500 yards rushing (would have had a 1,000 if not for the time share with Jones/Battle) the next year when Charles went down. His receiving yards have increased every year as his route running has improved. He has averaged over a 1,000 multipurpose yards a year in spite of the chaotic circus we have had in coaching/systems. You can’t underestimate the impact that his NFL leading yards & TD’s has on the success of our offense. Field position is huge and quite frequently a game changer.

  • berttheclock

    Great if it becomes a fact. Funny reading reports out of Dallas where more than one “How ’bout those” guys and gals is starting to wonder why Jones gave Carr so much money with so little to see in return.

  • andyred

    I know it may be a long shot, but im really hoping with more money, we can restructure hali, restructure and/or give berry an extension, give smith a cap friendly extension, and sign jarius byrd in FA. That would make our secondary a real threat. Especially looking at the schedule we play next season. Like I said, seems like a long shot, but one can only dream…

    • Tony Parker

      I’m with you on that one, Byrd would be awesome in our secondary.

  • sidibeke

    Schefter was citing $2M+ in carryover, too.

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Not as dire as some have made our situation out to be. With some restructures, Dorsey will have room to get some things done.

  • Blake Molina

    Keep in mind this applies to everyone, so if the Chiefs get in a bidding war, well, the Chiefs probably won’t get in much of a bidding war. Still good to hear, to help retain some players (hopefully Schwartz)

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