The Kansas City Star published the latest salary cap figures for the Chiefs for 2009. I'd link to it, but unfortunately they decided to get all sneaky and put it only in their actual newspaper (which I don't receive) because they don't yet appear to realize that the people most likely to care about cap figures are bloggers and most bloggers only go to the Star's online page. I wonder if the people running the Star have ever watched "Other Peoples' Money"
Anyway, here's the online article they posted with the top cap figures.
The top five players counting highest against the Chiefs’ current $85.6 million salary-cap commitments:
CB Patrick Surtain $9,730,000
RB Larry Johnson $7,956,191
LB Donnie Edwards $6,520,836
TE Tony Gonzalez $6,500,000
OB Brian Waters $5,100,000
Total against salary cap, including various bonuses:
This likely means that Patrick Surtain's career as a Chief is over. The Chiefs will save over $3 million by cutting him this offseason, which is a pretty wise move when you're talking about a cornerback who got run down and tackled by Philip Rivers. He had a solid career while he was here and gave decent value for what he was paid, but the end comes for all players in the NFL eventually. Donnie Edwards' dismal and injury-plagued 2008 season likely means that he'll be leaving the roster as well...same with Damon Huard who's in the final year of his contract.
Short post today...work calls.