Feb 21, 2014; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Kansas City Chiefs general manager John Dorsey speaks to the media in a press conference during the 2014 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Salary Cap up to $132 Million

The Kansas City Chiefs salary cap issues are progressively becoming less of a problem. According to a report from ESPN’s John Clayton, the NFL’s salary cap should rise to above $130 million.


The initial thought was the salary cap for the 2014 season would be somewhere around $126 million. This would have given the Chiefs virtually no room to work with to add talent through free agency. With the potential increase to $132 million, this would change the outlook significantly for the Chiefs. Using Over the Cap’s numbers, Kansas City would have around $11.4 million in cap room to work with. This should be enough for the Chiefs to sign a couple of their own free agents and add a piece or two in free agency without the need to restructure contracts.

John Dorsey and Andy Reid both said at the combine they do not plan to rely on free agency, but the extra room may be enough to change their mind a bit. Between wide receiver depth, safety, and the offensive line, Kansas City could use a couple of solid signings. Free agency officially beings March 11.

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  • Maverik256

    This is great news I was just reading about it being 129-130and that was good this is better. But it is the same for everyone teams willing to spend or with money to spend will have extra room not just us

  • Dakota Morgan

    I know it’s a long shot, but I just can’t get over the idea of Jarius Byrd and Eric Berry in the same defensive backfield. And with this news, the idea gets even more exciting, but unfortunately I still don’t think it’s likely.

    • mnelson52

      They stated yesterday that they would franchise Byrd if an agreement wasn’t reached, but I like the way you think.

    • Troy Utt

      You hit the nail on the head when you said “longshot!” As nice as it would be to see Byrd in the outfield w/ Berry I’m afraid that’s just going to turn into a bidding war! Way too many teams have expressed interest, not to mention I’m not sure the Bills won’t use the Tag if necessary??? But it doesn’t cost/hurt us to dream! LOL

      • KCMikeG

        I heard a tag was likely even though things are getting ugly in Buffalo.

        • Troy Utt

          That’s what I’ve seen reported as well… I almost bet they wind up having to tag him this year, as he wants to get paid but is tired of losing at the same time!

  • Tristian

    I hope the chiefs aren’t stupid and decide they don’t need to restructue contracts. They should anyways to free up even more money for the future. You don’t want to be in that position unless u have to be. The chiefs have too many question mark deals and thats why they are in this position. Great news because now you can be just a bit more aggressive in free agency of they so choose

    • Troy Utt

      I believe they about have to… There are a couple that need touched up anyway, but if we are to have much hope at all of signing needed help we are going to need a “little extra!” Maybe the most exciting part about this news is feeling like they will be able to help the offense. As with the additional funds maybe now it makes it easier to keep the OL in tact, or add that WR??? We pretty much already assumed the defense was first priority…

      • Tristian

        Thats my thinking as well. Smith needs some legit weapons to show what this offense can do. But defensively we just need better overall play from all levels. I hope the chief’s can do whats needed to put this team in a position to win some playoff games

  • Nobody

    It would be nice to see the Chiefs do something in FA again this year. As a die hard Chiefs fan it has been a blessing to actually go out and get a couple guys (last year). I can’t think of a year where I was impressed like last season in 15 years prior.

  • Hawthorne

    Chiefs should still restructure contracts, but the one change they might make is grabbing a FS in FA. The draft is just not that deep at FS and odds are both Dix and Pryor are gone by 23. There are some good options for us in rounds 4-5, but I don’t want to rely on a rookie to fix our biggest defensive problem unless he’s a first rounder. Byrd is not gonna happen, but there are a couple of FAs who could work for us at a reasonable cost in case Commings get injured or doesn’t live up to expectations.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    If I were John Dorsey, I would look to lock up Schwartz first.

    • Lyle Graversen

      100% agree, and then I’d sign Berry to an extension that locks him up for about 5 more years but cuts his big cap hit for next season in half. I’d restructure Tamba’s deal to cut his cap number down. I’d extend Alex Smith if he’ll sign a semi-team friendly deal. Finally, target a FS in free agency (Chris Clemons?) to make the #23 pick a true best player available situation.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        Chiefs and Berry are talking. I like your plan Lyle. Clemons is a nice, under the radar a bit potential signing.

        • Jason Seibel

          Do you have a source that says the Chiefs and Berry are talking Merlin? I haven’t heard that officially.

          • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

            Adam Teischer is reporting it. Hopefully, it’s more than speculation. It makes a lot of sense.

          • Jason Seibel

            Thank you sir!

      • KCMikeG

        Clemons or Byrd would seal the deal Lyle. Like how you think as far as restructuring contracts too. Could Jackson be resigned for an even lower amount as depth/insurance on a top DL draft pick?

  • KCMikeG

    What if we got Byrd and kept Schwartz, Asamoah and McCluster. Drafted DL, OL & ILB?

    • Troy Utt

      I’ve got Schwartz as my #1 to get re-inked… I just believe it to be that important to the OL! With the added cap space it would be nice to do the same w/ Asamoah, as I’m just not sure about these other lineman we’ve had in & out since camp last year. DMC has always been a fav, I just don’t know if they will be able to keep him financially??? I believe Dex would like to stay put, as he seems to like it here & he has been GREAT off the field. I wish we could take his heart & put it in Bowes body!