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Chiefs can create more salary cap space with tough decisions on Eric Fisher, Jamaal Charles

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The Kansas City Chiefs don't have many options to create more salary cap space than they have now. In years past the Chiefs have had options to create more cap space whether it comes to extending Justin Houston's contract or restructuring Alex Smith's contract to create more space.

We looked recently at the Chiefs dead money situation, which is worlds better than it was last year. I read this cap piece from someone I like so let's look at the Chiefs options for creating more cap space. (I use Over The Cap as a reference)

Eric Fisher extension

How many of you freaked out when you read those words? We equate extension with a really good player and Fisher seems to be merely league average. However, Fisher is due $7 million this year and his fifth year option (if the Chiefs pick it up) would be more than $10 million in 2017. The Chiefs can give him a small extension with similar money but structured in such a way - bonus up front - that helps the cap this year.

Cut Jamaal Charles

For the first time in a long time, this is a real question. The Chiefs recently reiterated that he's a Chief so I expect him to stay in KC next season but cutting Jamaal would save $5.3 million against the cap -- with no dead money. Jamaal is Jamaal and it's almost sacrilegious to some to mention this but it merits a question given the way Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware filled in for him.

Dontari Poe extension

Poe's fifth year option is hitting this season for approximately $6.2 million. The Chiefs could extend Poe and get a little more space but it's not enough for the Chiefs to rush an extension with him. The Chiefs have time with him.

Cut Dustin Colquitt

The Chiefs can save $2.8 million by cutting Colquitt with $1.6 million in dead money. Is it worth it? Given the type of team the Chiefs are, I don't think that it is.

Those are the main realistic ones. Others, like Ben Grubbs, don't make as much sense. Cutting Grubbs would save the Chiefs $1.1 million against the cap but leave more than $5 million in dead money. Worth it? Not sure about that.