December 15, 2013; Oakland, CA, USA; Kansas City Chiefs strong safety Eric Berry (29) celebrates after an interception against the Oakland Raiders during the second quarter at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Kyle Terada-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs Salary Cap And Free Agent Tracker Update

Kansas City had an offensive lineman visit Monday and are anticipating a visit from Danieal Manning on Thursday, so we figured now would be a good time to update everyone on the state of the Chiefs salary cap and free agent tracker.

Over the Cap estimates the Chiefs have approximately $4,654,280 in cap space, enough to sign a few free agents and pay for a draft class. Remember, the off season is governed by the 51-man roster rule so whenever a man is added another man is knocked off the salary cap books. This gives the Chiefs some flexibility while trying to accumulate talent.

Kansas City could still open up space with contract extensions. Alex Smith and Eric Berry have been rumored to be in contract extension talk, but don’t expect anything until around the time training camp starts. Two popular times for contract extensions to happen are during camp and around November. Jamaal Charles extension was announced in early December 2010, Derrick Johnson‘s was in November 2010, and Tamba Hali‘s extension happened during the 2011 training camp. It isn’t abnormal for a deal to have not been made yet.

Berry’s extension could end up being more complicated than most because he was in the final draft class of the old collective bargaining agreement (CBA). What Berry is earning now is much higher than what he would earn on the open market, which complicates negotiations for an extension because a fair contract would likely see Berry receiving a pay decrease. Matters are further complicated by Earl Thomas, who was in the same draft class and may be viewed as a more valuable player than Berry. Whatever Berry or Thomas does will affect the other’s contract negotiations, so Berry and Thomas’ agents may be in a standoff with each other.

The smart thing for John Dorsey to do may be to let Berry play out this year and activate the option in Berry’s rookie contract for 2015. Doing so ensures Berry is here for another year and represents a near $3.3 million pay cut for Berry which reduces his cap number by about the same amount of money. In other words, Berry will be cheaper in 2015 than he’ll be in 2014. It wouldn’t be a surprise for a potential Berry extension to happen until next off season, especially if the Chiefs are able to agree to a deals with Smith and Justin Houston sometime this summer at which point the Chiefs would have the franchise tag option open to use on Berry.

Things are tight with the salary cap for 2014 but very manageable. After this season the Chiefs can go just about any direction they want. They have three key free agents in Smith, Houston, and Rodney Hudson, but two of them may already be signed by next March. Additionally, estimates have the salary cap taking another significant increase in 2014 and surpassing $140 million. Further, the only player Kansas City has on their roster now that they couldn’t cut in 2015 is Eric Fisher. Otherwise, the Chiefs could pursue about any avenue they wanted when it comes to roster construction.

And don’t forget about all of the compensation picks the Chiefs should receive in 2015, too.

Things are looking pretty good in terms of financial flexibility for the future. This doesn’t mean the Chiefs will spend big on free agents in 2015 but if there is an opportunity that arises salary cap won’t be much of an issue like it is this season.

KC Chiefs Free Agent Tracker

2013 Base Salary
2014 Base Salary
2014 Team
2014 Cap Hit
CBChris Owens$1,000,000$730,000Kansas City Chiefs$800,000
DETyson Jackson$7,200,000$1,500,000Atlanta Falcons$3,100,000
DLVance Walker$1,300,000$730,000Kansas City Chiefs$1,750,000
DTJerrell Powe$555,000$645,000Houston Texans$645,000
FSKendrick Lewis$1,374,725$795,000Houston Texans$635,000
GRicky Henry$555,000
GJon Asamoah$1,551,030$2,000,000Atlanta Falcons$2,800,000
GGeoff Schwartz$665,000$1,500,000New York Giants$2,325,000
ILBRobert James$480,000
ILBAkeem Jordan$735,000$855,000Washington$635,000
ILBJoe Mays$715,000$730,000Kansas City Chiefs$1,968,750
LSThomas Gafford$725,000$740,000Kansas City Chiefs$595,000
LTBranden Albert$9,828,000$2,500,000Miami Dolphins$4,225,000
OLBFrank Zombo$640,000$730,000Kansas City Chiefs$805,000
SHusain Abdullah$715,000$730,000Kansas City Chiefs$1,130,000
S/KRQuintin Demps$715,000$730,000New York Giants$1,000,000
TJeff Linkenbach$1,323,000$750,000Kansas City Chiefs$900,000
TERichard Gordon$555,000$645,000Kansas City Chiefs$645,000
WRChad Hall$555,000
WRKyle Williams$630,000
WR/PRDexter McCluster$1,400,000$1,000,000Tennessee Titans$2,050,000

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  • berttheclock

    Many posters speak of the Seattle defense winning the SB. Did you know, Seattle’s 2014 salary for their defense will be $49.6 M, whereas the Chiefs will spend just over $67 M for theirs? Several complain about all the money given to Bowe, but, KC’s offensive unit will cost just under $52.4 M whereas Seattle will spend just south of $58.7 for theirs. Seattle has a bit more than $15 M in cap space, whereas, the Chiefs have the $4.6 M noted above.

    • Daniel Mayfield

      Chiefs spent more on defense. Let’s hope they hold their ground as good as they did before their bye week last season.
      If they can do that all season in 2014 AND do their offense the way they did after their bye week in 2013….I believe they will make it all the way.
      Don’t flip it over this yr! Offense might be a little harder but they can do it. Keep them both together and it great shape like last season

    • Juiced

      They have a ton of rookie contracts on their books. After this year their defense will get picked from because they need to push extensions also.

      • berttheclock

        Yes, and it will very interesting to see how Schneider can juggle those extensions. At sfgate, the writers have talked about how any extension fo Alex Smith will affect any extension to Kap. Well, another one to follow will be the extension to Earl Thomas and the one to Berry. But, Paul Allen is going to have to open his vault a bit wider.


      Yes but Seattle’s best Defense players are still in rookie contracts. Thomas, Sherman, and Wagner are all on Rookie deals. Wait until after the enxt year or two and see hwo that salary looks then.

      • berttheclock

        Couple of exceptions. Chancellor was extended and Avril was brought over as a FA. But, the ones you mentioned are not going to come cheap.

  • Michael Shaw

    Ben, how does a players base salary of $730,000 turn into a 2014 cap hit of $1,750,000? Did they give him that much of a bonus in 2014?

    • berttheclock

      $3 M signing bonus spread over 3 years. There is, also, a $20,000 misc thrown in with the $730,000 and $1M,

      • Michael Shaw

        Ah. I knew he got a signing bonus, but I couldn’t figure it out because of the extra $20K

  • Ward

    I don’t get it. After releasing players like McCluster, Albert, Schwartz and others they only have 4.6m in cap space? Cap is even higher than last year. Math don’t add up

  • Bill

    Good read Ben. I’ve been wondering why we haven’t heard more about contract renegotiations. This helps explain it for Berry. Still curious about Flowers and Hali. They both have huge cap numbers this year and next. The dead money goes way down next year, but is still a good amount (4 and 3 mil respectfully). Seems like redoing their contracts or trading them would be the best options. Flowers didn’t look great last year and Hali isn’t getting any younger. Sorry to say, but I don’t see KC competing for a super bowl in the next year or two, so I’d rather get some value for them while we can.

  • tm1946

    Wonder how this will translate into wins during the next season? Hope this is not a factor by the end in the winloss column.