Since this deal was made, it seems fans have been clamoring for a way out of this contract. Cutting Hitchens this year would net the Chiefs $2 million in cap savings—with the remainder of this cap hit falling into dead cap ($8 million). Waiting until next year would provide the Chiefs with less dead money, but it would also mean continuing to pay for sub-replacement level linebacker play.
The drafting of Willie Gay in the second-round last year seemed to suggest that the Chiefs were ready to move on from Hitchens but Gay had trouble finding the field in 2020. Additionally, both Ben Niemann and Damien Wilson are free agents, so the linebackers are thin.
Given the uncertainty at the position, this would certainly be a surprise cut. If the Chiefs and Brett Veach can find some value replacements at the position, then moving on from Hitchens might become a reality. This cut would be surprising given the dead money that it would create, but it may be the best path forward.