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Salary Cap Boost A Huge Win For Chiefs


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According to the latest reports, the 2014 salary cap is going to unexpectedly jump $10 million to $133 million for the 2014 season. It was previously expected that the cap would more or less hold steady at $123 million this year, putting many teams in a bind. If these reports or confirmed, it’s huge news for a Chiefs team that is hitting its stride.

First off, this is great news for the game itself.

Earlier this month, it was revealed that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell made $44.2 million in salary and bonuses last year. I thought that number was crazy, you thought that number was crazy. But, Marc Ganis, president of SportsCorp, a Chicago-based consulting firm, told USA Today at the time, that “The people who decided his performance warranted this compensation are the same people who are paying it, the 32 team owners. They decided that Goodell’s performance was worth a little more than $1 million for each of the teams — a very rational decision based on the extraordinary results Goodell has delivered for them.”

Hard to argue with that. The fact is that the NFL is one of the most profitable sports leagues in the world and it is growing at an accelerating rate. At those stratospheric corporate levels where revenues are in the billions, this is what you get paid for increasing margins substantially.

Not to be left out, the boon will extend to the players, who will be getting $320 million more in overall pay this season. But back to the Chiefs. According to the numbers at Over the Cap, the Chiefs have $12.458 million in cap room with this increase before any more cuts or restructurings of contracts. There’ll be plenty of time to discuss the specific moves that should be made this offseason, but the overall picture boils down to this:

With this amount of room, the Chiefs can sign (or re-sign) one valuable free agent like LT Branden Albert, WR Golden Tate, or WR/PR Dexter McCluster. Or, they could extend QB Alex Smith. Or, they could make a dozen smaller moves. The point is that this suddenly opens the door to a wide range of possibilities, while the conversation up to this point has been about how the Chiefs would have to make do with the guys they had under contract and a pocket full of change to fill a few gaps.

With this kind of money, it’s not unreasonable to think that the team can make a run at S Jarrius Byrd for instance. Heck, there’s a good chance that the Chiefs could steal former Jayhawk CB Aqib Talib from Patriots, although it might be better served to look at snatching Dominique Rogers-Cromartie from Denver, thus weakening a rival in the process. These two rank as the #2 and #3 free agent cornerbacks according to PFF, just behind Brent Grimes who will surely stay in Miami.

If you were Chiefs GM John Dorsey, what would you do with $10 million you didn’t know you had?

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  • Tristian

    If you are asking me what id do with $10 million dollars the answer is id move from where I am right now to a warmer climate because I really dislike where I am not just because of the weather and then invest some money and put some in an annuity and let it collect interest over the years so it wouldn’t run out. If you are asking me what the chiefs should do I’d say start restructuring so you can free up around $15 million more and then truly try to fill some needs like FS soon to be DE andWR so we araren’t limited. Im sure though Reid dosent like free agency it makes a difference if the player wants to come here. So talking to him knowing you can sign him without restraints make a difference. Eager to see the plan from Dorsey/Reid. Go Chiefs!

    • berttheclock

      Geez, you must have been talking to my wife. She grew up in Bakersfield and she does have a touch of SAD about living in the seemingly never ending grey skies of our late October to almost May days in Portland/Vancouver area and for 13 years in Seattle. She keeps telling me each winter how she wants to see sun and be warm. So, I bought her a new lamp and a used coat from Goodwill. Ever generous, I am. However, as to this extra money, I say to use it wisely in keeping Schwartz and other Chiefs players Dorsey and Reid believe can continue to contribute to the Chiefs. Bringing in Free Agents should be the last resort to maintaining or improving a team. Last year, due to the shoddy work by Pioli, led to a need for new players. Most of them worked well, but, unfortunately for Dunta Robinson, his age began to betray him. Dorsey learned in GB to be very careful signing FAs and only going for the very best such as Reggie White and Charles Woodson. If Dorsey believes a player such as Bryd would turn the defense into a winning one for both the regular season and playoff run, so be it. But, I believe Dorsey will be very prudent and circumspect in using this extra money.

      • Tristian

        Agree with your comments and yeah when you’be been around cold for all your life (27) then it wears on you. Plus im in school for Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning and Refrigeration so a warmer climate is ideal for me. But as for the chiefs I have a sneaky suspicion you are right about Dorsey. He may do the same as last year in free agency. Or less

      • Tristian

        Agree with your comments and yeah when you’be been around cold for all your life (27) then it wears on you. Plus im in school for Heating Ventilation and Air conditioning and Refrigeration so a warmer climate is ideal for me. But as for the chiefs I have a sneaky suspicion you are right about Dorsey. He may do the same as last year in free agency. Or less

  • Stacy D. Smith

    Great news! It all starts with Alex Smith. Get him extended and go from there.
    I hope Dorsey will also approach 2-3 guys about re-structures as well.

  • David Fritch

    Wow if we could get Byrd that would be simply amazing!

  • freshmeat62

    I’d first like to know when are we going to know the final cap number? Every few days, it goes up.

    Alex Smith would have to be priority 1. Extend him for 2 or 3 years and go from there.

    Albert just wants too much, and he, and many other “Me” players, don’t seem to care what bind they put their team in so far as cap is concerned. I can’t even imagine having that kind of money, and then being so greedy to want more. I guess you gotta be there. Besides, the last 2 seasons, Albert is missing more games per season because of injury. He’s too risky, and besides, the draft is pretty deep in good o-linemen. Find someone in the late rds to develop.

    Schwartz and/or Asamoah would probably be my next target.

  • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

    I would extend Alex Smith and try hard to re-sign Schwartz. After that and your draft class, you may very well be out of money. I don’t see a high profile Free Agent signing after that. If there is money left over, I would look at McCluster and Tyson Jackson to see if I could fit either of them into the budget.

    • berttheclock

      Kudos to your early appraisal of Mike Evans. However, it looks as though the secret is very much out and he will be long gone. I read one new after combine mock where he was going to be taken as high as 10.

      • Merlin_Arrowhead_Addict

        The often happens. The last sim over at Drafttek killed me. I lost every DB worth a Chiefs first round pick and all the higher profile WR’s. I fear the real draft will unfold that way.

        • NicholasAlanClayton

          That’s why I’m honestly most happy about the increase in cap space. It means the Chiefs will be able to sign serviceable vet to their gap areas and either trade down comfortably or go BPA.

      • clay simester

        Evans might not even make it to 10. I’ve heard mentions of Tampa taking him at 7 to line up opposite VJAX. Even if TB didn’t take him, i dont think Detroit could pass on him at 10 for the same reason(to have two 6’5 beast wr’s). Can you imagine trying to defend Detroit at the goal line? Megatron(6’5) on one side, Evans(6’5) on the other side, and their TE Fauria(6’7) going across the middle? Unstoppable! Then they’d run a draw to Reggie Bush up the middle. I couldn’t pass that up at 10.

  • Chris Tarrants

    Start with Smith and then restructure Berry ASAP. Clear more space and ensure he is a chief for life. Then tell Flowers and Hali that they must restructure or hit the road. They cost more than they contribute at this point. After all of that mess we would have enough room to do just about whatever we wanted, including but not limited to Byrd, Tate, DRC, or keep Dex, and Demps. I would live to keep Albert if and only if he comes to the realization of what he is truly worth and signs a deal looking for a championship rather than a payday

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      I agree with your first two suggestions, but restructuring Flowers and Hali doesn’t make sense to me. As you mention they seem to be declining, but restructuring would push more of their guaranteed money towards the end of their contracts, meaning if we cut them, we’ll still be paying them to not be a part of the franchise for years, which will bite us down the road. I think it’s better to pay them now with the understanding they’d better play up to their current numbers or be toast.

  • berttheclock

    I suppose spending money in free agency can help a team. Last season, the Dolphin opened the vault and spent the most money of any NFL team on free agents. They improved one game from the year before.

    However, the Seahawks did spend money very wisely by bringing in both Cliff Avril and Michael Bennett.

  • tgaletti

    Extend Alex Smith would be priority #1. Next I would try to re- structure Flowers, Berry and Hali , not only to free up more space to maybe sign Byrd , but also to give us some wiggle room in future years !!!

  • andyred

    if we could extend alex smith AND jairus bryd, that would just make my offseason summer!

    • NicholasAlanClayton

      Mine too.

  • Bigtexjayhawk

    Sign Smith to LT deal. Take hit later. Restructure Hali or cut if can. Trade Flowers to Bucs for Revis. Both need a change of scenery and go to the defenses fit for them. Restructure Berry. Sign BJ Raji and start making State Farm Chiefs commercials. Draft:
    1st Dee Ford, OLB Auburn. Will bring pressure off the edge
    3rd Christian Jones ILB FSU. Can play middle and Outside. Great def the pass
    4th Bruce Ellington WR South Carolina. Fits nicely into our offense
    5th Kenny Ladler S Vanderbilt. Smart, great at special teams
    6th Devonta Freeman RB FSU. Another great RB to provide depth
    6th Antone Exum CB/S Va Tech. Coming off injury great value here.

    I think we need to get faster and younger on defense. If we could grab Raji and move Poe to DT or in a rotation it could be great with Devito, Powe and Bailey. Sure our DB’s didnt look great but we never put pressure up front. With this draft it will!!