Kansas City Chiefs: It’s time to say goodbye
While the Pro Bowl technically happened yesterday and the Super Bowl is this coming Sunday, for most Kansas City Chiefs fans it is already the offseason.
While the fans of some teams are already anxiously discussing which big name players their team is going to sign in free agency, KC fans should simply be concerned with how General Manager John Dorsey is going to keep this team intact. I’m not going to sugar coat things for you Chiefs fans out there. Kansas City is in BAD shape when it comes to the salary cap next season and because of that it would be wise to come to terms with the fact that they are going to have to cut ties with some players.
In case you don’t believe me or have heard conflicting reports about the Chiefs cap situation for next year let me give you the essentials. I’m using overthecap.com for my salary cap and contract information. In my experience they are the absolute best place around to get that information and I highly recommend that you check them out for yourself.
If you want a simple summary of just how bad their cap situation is, how about this? They just carried over a little over five million dollars in cap space from this season and that gives them just $4.7 million in cap space for next season.
That’s right, before carrying over that money they were actually slightly OVER the cap and that’s without re-signing Eric Berry or Dontari Poe OR signing any of their draft picks from the upcoming draft. That’s not good. In fact, it’s the third worst cap situation in the entire NFL for 2017.
Now, I will say that overthecap.com is using an estimate of $168 million for the cap next year and some “experts” are predicting it may be around $170 million. If that’s the case then it would bump up the cap space to $6.7 million, but sadly in the NFL two million dollars doesn’t make much of a difference.
The bottom line is that the Chiefs are up against the wall in terms of cap space and they really only have a couple of options to clear up significant space. Before I prepare you for which Chiefs are likely done in Kansas City, let’s first discuss who isn’t going anywhere.