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$37M Doesn't Go Far...

As the Star reported yesterday that the Chiefs had $37M in cap space available, we see the Routt signing become official today. If the numbers being reported are correct, he got 3 yrs and $19.6M, with a $4M signing bonus and $11M coming in the first year, and $6M of that (presumably the signing bonus and $2M in salary) guaranteed. That means that he will get $7M in salary this year and have a cap number in the neighborhood of $8.3M. Then his salaries for 2013 and 2014 are modest, adding up to just $8.6M for the two years. Not to get off my topic, but that's the kind of deal you'll see a lot of this year. With the cap carryover option, this year's cap is actually going to be significantly bigger for many teams than it will be in the next couple of years. You'll see smarter GMs frontloading contracts like this to get longer term commitments from players with lower cap numbers in 2013 and 2014. But I digress.

That means that we are down to $28.7M in cap space. Bowe will take about $9M of that, leaving $19.7M. We will re-sign $4-6M of our other free agents (McClain, Belcher, Gordon, and even BRich for depth, maybe a couple of Daniels, Gilberry, Langford, and McGraw,) leaving $14-15M. Our rookies will cost $4-5M, leaving only about $10M for outside free agents, no? And that's before you leave a few million for a mid-season FA or an extension for somebody who kicks butt this year. Can we really get Soliai, Nicks, Michael Bush, and Cassel's replacement competition for $10M? Me thinks not...

The Chiefs can free up a bit more space with a trade or cut (man I'm starting to think moving Dorsey is a better and better idea,) maybe restructure/extend a guy like Jackson, who hit escelators that will make his cap number over $10M this year. And the one number in the Star's article that does look bogus is the cap total, which they predict to stay at last year's level of a little over $120M, when I have seen reported elsewhere that it will probably raise slightly to $123-124M. So there may be some wiggle room, but overall, I think the Pioli's "aggressive" offseason may look a lot like his first couple ,consisting of several middle of the road, "value" type free agents and few, if any, big names. I hope I'm wrong.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of Arrowhead Pride's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of Arrowhead Pride writers or editors.

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