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Chiefs Sitting on $31.6 Million to Spend

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Uh, Scott, you know there's a salary minimum, right?

The Kansas City Chiefs have spent approximately $95.4 million on player personnel this season.  Problem is, that's still $31.6 million away from the $127 million salary cap for the 2009 NFL season (H/T Bill Williamson at ESPN for the $31.6 million figure).

This is BY FAR the most amount of cap space remaining in the AFC West.  The Broncos ($12.5 million), Chargers ($7.8 million) and Raiders ($8.2 million) are nowhere near the Chiefs when it comes to cap space.

Below are a few of the places Chiefs GM Scott Pioli has been spending his money.

LB Monty Beisel

$745,000

QB Matt Cassel

$14.65 Million

WR Terrance Copper

$620,000

LB Mike Vrabel

$3.2 million

LB Zach Thomas

$1 million

WR Bobby Engram

$875,000

LB Darrell Robertson

$310,000

LB Corey Mays

$535,000

WR Jeff Webb*

$1.01 million

TE Sean Ryan

$620,000

G Mike Goff

$1 million

WR Rodney Wright

$310,000

TE Tony Curtis

$535,000

C/G Rudy Niswanger*

$1.545 million

CB Travis Daniels

$620,000

WR C.J. Jones

$385,000

S Jon McGraw

$745,000

S Jarrad Page**

 

*Restricted free agent signed tender

**Restricted free agent has not signed tender

New GM Scott Pioli spent $14.65 million on his new quarterback, Matt Cassel, but other than that has scraped the bottom of the barrel as far as paying free agents.  He inherited Mike Vrabel's contract from the Patriots (coincidentally one he helped negotiate) and spent a million plus on Zach Thomas and the RFAs.

The cap value of the Chiefs' 2008 rookies was about $11.6 million.  But that was with 12 draft picks.  This year, with only eight picks (and just one first rounder), the Chiefs will likely spend between $6-8 million (we'll be getting more in depth on what the Chiefs can expect to pay their rookies tomorrow).

So, let's say after the rookie deals are done the Chiefs are looking at $24 million to spend.  If you're Scott Pioli, what are you spending $24 million on?