I told you a few months ago that the Kansas City Chiefs like to go into the season with around $10 million in cap space. I was a little concerned that wouldn't be the case when the Chiefs hard the second fewest amount of cap dollars available. But as the Chiefs made their offseason moves and trimmed their roster last week, the Chiefs have arrived at the season with the amount we thought they would.
The exact amount of cap space, according to the NFLPA, is $9,949,769. That's with 73 players under contract.
There are 11 teams with less cap space than the Chiefs right now, and the Chiefs didn't even need to re-work Alex Smith's contract to create another $8 million-plus in cap space this offseason, which they potentially could have done. Not doing that will help their cap flexibility in the years to come.
And that's really what this is all about: flexibility. The Chiefs need to be agile* this season. What if there's a stunning cut from another team in October and the Chiefs want to sign him? What if a Chiefs player goes down and they have to go out and find someone ASAP?
The Chiefs don't HAVE to use it now, nor should they. Whatever is not used this year can be carried over to next year. It's nice to have though.
*Agile is a popular buzzword among websites like ours so I'm just using that to impress my boss