The Kansas City Chiefs have the least amount of salary cap space in the NFL right now at just $226,000. They still have Eric Berry’s situation to work on which could free up several million in cap space (if they work out a long-term deal).
With cap space being a question until something happens with Berry, I wanted to look at spots where the Chiefs could potentially create more cap space. I went to the Chiefs salary cap page at Over The Cap and peeked at some of the Chiefs that would save the most salary cap space if they were cut.
These numbers are how much cap savings there would be if cut, not total cap hit entering next year.
Jamaal Charles, $5.31 million
Nope. Not gonna happen. Chiefs GM John Dorsey said, “He’s a Chief.”
Despite some seemingly legit questions about it - like Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware playing so well last year - this isn’t going to happen. Next year this question becomes a lot more interesting.
Rod Streater, $4.7 million
Did you realize his cap his was this high? Several million of this (I think $4 million) is likely to be earned incentives, which means it counts against the cap right now. If Streater doesn’t hit those incentives, the Chiefs will receive a cap credit back.
I would like Streater to be on the team next season because there is a high upside based on what he did previously with the Raiders. However, if the Chiefs are in any cap trouble, you have to look at Streater.
Dustin Colquitt, $3.65 million
The Chiefs gave him this contract three years ago. They haven’t brought any punters in. Colquitt’s performance hasn’t dropped. Guessing he’s safe.
Josh Mauga, $1.95 million
Justin March. Ramik Wilson. The Chiefs have some young guys they like at this position. I’m not sure if they’re ready yet to dump Mauga but this one will probably be close. I could see it being decided in camp.
Anthony Sherman, $1.5 million
Not enough cap savings for me to consider this. Anthony Sherman led the Chiefs in forced fumbles in 2014. As a fullback! Special teams, oh my!
Knile Davis, $700,000
I can definitely see this coming. In fact, I would be surprised if it didn’t happen.
De’Anthony Thomas, $608,000
Wouldn’t bet on him staying either. It’s a numbers game at receiver with Tyreek Hill already on board.