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PFT: Salary Cap Could Be “A Few Million Higher” Than $132


Okay, this is starting to get a little ridiculous. Pro Football Talk is citing a source suggesting the $132 project salary cap, which is up from a report of “about $130 million,” which was up from $126 million, could now, in fact, be as high as $135 million.

Per the source, the cap could be a “few million” higher than $132 million.  If this means $3 million more than reported, the cap could be as high as $135 million.  That would amount to an 9.75 percent increase over last year, the biggest spike by far since the 2011 labor deal was negotiated.

The NFL should be announcing the actual salary cap number soon as the free agency begins in two weeks (March 11). Teams will have a small window before the opening of free agency to talk to pending free agents from other teams as well as attempt to re-sign their own free agents. So one would assume teams should be finding out the 2014 cap number some time in the next week.

There is also this little Twitter musing from NFLosophy.

If people in the industry are expecting large increases in the salary cap in the near future then it changes the way we should look at Kansas City’s future cap situation. Meaning there is no need to touch Tamba Hali or Brandon Flowers contracts this offseason. At $135 million for 2014, the Chiefs could easily maneuver things to sign a key free agent or two, sign all of their draft picks, and have open space to work with in case of an emergency. They can do this because, based off of Over the Cap’s numbers and KC’s cap rollover from 2013, the Chiefs would be working with $14.458 million in cap space on March 11.

Kansas City still cannot sign anyone “major” free agent with a salary cap at $132 million or $135 million. However, they can make the necessary small additions and re-signings that will make them a better football team for 2014. This would have been seriously difficult back when the salary cap was projected at $126 million. Hopefully these reports prove to be true.

 

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  • jimfromkcj

    The Chiefs should do what is best for the long term for the team. If getting rid of underperforming players is the way to make the team better, than that is what they should do. And the compensation should be a part of how they consider who goes and who stays. Probably most who read the Addict have no idea of the recognition and hype a city gets when a team wins a world Championship. Your players are all over the media as guests and all the talking heads will be mentioning KC nitely. I remember that Keely Smith who was voted first lady of Las Vegas used the Chiefs in her rendition of Kansas City. For those who have never heard it and have access to tunes over the net should try to get it and listen, and they will get just a little of how great it is to win a super bowl.

    • Calchiefsfan

      And I thought I was the only Keely Smith fan at AA. Great job Jim!

      • jimfromkcj

        I wish I could put Keely’s version of Kansas City on here for the guys to hear and they would understand why those of us who love this town were so proud when Lennie and the boys brought a Super Bowl trophy home with them. We have been the poor ugly step child to St Louis for so long that the only other event of the same consequence was the World series win over the Cards. My brother in law and his family live in St Louis and they still can’t get over it. Everytime we go fishing or play a game of golf and the subject inevitable comes up, I can always get a rise from them about how we robbed them of a world’s championship.

        • Calchiefsfan

          Ah yes, the bad call by the ump at first that gave the series to the Royals. Except St. Louis still could have come back and won game 7 but instead the Royals absolutely creamed them. Ha ha. I think I’ll go up and see how my Lenny Dawson autographed football is doing. Yup, still looking good after 49 years.

  • Stephen Doroha

    SIGN DMC!!! FOR THE LOVE OF GOD PLEASE!! I would just really hate to lose such a rising talent!! & a all around great guy!! Good with the community & we LOVE watching him play in the red & gold!! Forget about the CFL players we’re signing to try & replace a already proven player & just sign him already Jackson too!! Keep the pieces together & make a run at it this year!!

    • KCMikeG

      Totally agree! Maybe we should start a resign DEXTER petition. He will have an even better year this year and last year was his best yet with a HC that knows how to use him! I know many think Dressler was signed to replace him but why couldn’t Reid be planning to use them both like he did with Jackson & Maclin in Philly?

      • Stephen Doroha

        Thanks KCMikeG I knew I couldn’t be the only Chiefs fan that feels this way!! DMC IS A MUST KEEP IN RED & GOLD!! You make the patition & I’ll be the 1st to sign it!! GO CHIEFS!!

        • KCMikeG

          Does anyone know how to set up a petition for us to sign to resign McCluster and send to Hunt, Dorsey & Reid? Stephen & I are ready to sign and distribute!

          Mark my words. If Dexter is resigned he will have the best year of his career silencing his doubters and justifying his draft position.

      • Rich Cooper

        Totally agree on DMC. Gotta resign him. Combo of ST and offense contribution is too key to lose. Some teams carry similar guys for ST alone. DMC is/can finally be what most of us thought he’d be when drafted now that we have a coach who uses him right. Be nice to sign Maclin too. If we let DMC go we must Draft his replacement. Can’t rely on CFL guy for that important a role.

        • KCMikeG

          I keep saying it would be like Toub letting Hester go in Chicago. And Dexter is a better WR than Hester and can also deliver as a RB (516 yards in 2011). The field position he provides our offense is a game changer. Great attitude and a fantastic team first player. Pay the man!

    • Tristian

      Dude calm down the exclamation points. U act like Rodgers-Cromartie is elite. Hes good but thats it. Im not saying he couldn’t replace Sean Smith but id take flowers and Cooper especially salary wise over him

      • Montez K.

        Dexter McCluster

      • KCMikeG

        Not DRC but our DMC. OK?

  • Stacy D. Smith

    That’d be quite a bit of jack BEFORE any restructures or additional cuts.

  • Chris Tarrants

    I think they should restructure a few anyways, it never hurts to have the extra cash to pick up a key FA, Nix, Byrd, Maclin, possibly Ware or Golden Tate! The list could go on and on but we could use all the help we can get. With extra money we could even see Jackson or Albert staying here, so if I were Dorsey I would scrape every penny I could to get this team over the hump

    • Horace Lee Madre Jr

      Maclin is staying in Philly I HOPE. He’s fragile.

  • KCMikeG

    The story just keeps getting better! I still think restructuring Hali, Flowers and Berry is a good idea. Bowe needs to pony up some pay back from last year too. More $$$ to add the pieces we need. Keeping the OL in tact or close to it will have a big influence on how quickly our offense can kick it into high gear so we should keep both Schwartz and Asamoah. I would like to see Asamoah compete with Allen for RG since Schwartz seemed to own RG. Draft another swing tackle like Billy Turner, who we have have been talking to a number of times already or Bitonio or Mewhort who looked good at Combine, in the 4th round and we are solid.

    • Chuck Burrell

      I’d rather let tamba play out his contract instead of paying him when he’s too old to perform. But if we restructured berry, would we have enough room to sign Asamoah, Schwartz and pick up Byrd? Maybe draft stephon tuitt or go get another pass rushing presence on the line? Then pick up a wr in the 3rd. That’s my ideal scenario.

      • KCMikeG

        Tamba actually took a step back up from a dip in performance in 2012 as Houston drew away some attention last year until they both went down. I see Hali as a great player who still has a few more full time seasons in him that could play longer if he transitioned gradually into more of a rotational player and mentor like Singletary in Chicago.

        • Chuck Burrell

          I completely agree. But that’s just it; there’s only a few seasons left with him.

          • KCMikeG

            It would take a restructuring with a pay cut. Jackson did it but Hali did have a pretty good year with 11 sacks even though he missed time with the injury. Isn’t there a way they can do a contract with money on the back side that isn’t guaranteed?

          • Chuck Burrell

            Yeah that would be ideal, and I hope, just like you, that he would be willing to make that happen. But, realistically, two sides have to agree with the terms. I’m not sure it would happen. But hey, here’s for hoping

    • Horace Lee Madre Jr

      I know this won’t be popular but I think we should trade Flowers. His skill set doesn’t mix with our new style of defense.

      • KCMikeG

        I think it is worth considering and agree with your reasoning why. If they decide to keep him there is a chance he could adapt with another off season in the system.

  • jimfromkcj

    Maybe we should change the name of the Chiefs to the midgets and only draft players under 6 feet and under 250 lbs. Wouldn’t that be a lovable team for those who have such love for undersized players. We might never win another game, but just think of all the love.