The Chiefs have 2013 salary cap commitments of more than $129 million, a total that exceeds the NFLs expected limit of $123 million, according to figures provided to The Kansas City Star.
By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
But the Chiefs will be about $7.5 million under the salary cap when the league year begins on March 12 because they have $14 million of unused cap space from the 2012 season to carry over into 2013. That effectively makes the Chiefs 2013 salary cap about $137 million.
The $129 million figure includes the salary of quarterback Alex Smith, who will be acquired in a trade from the San Francisco 49ers once the league trading period begins on March 12. For the time being, Smiths salary cap number of $9.75 million is being carried by the 49ers and not the Chiefs, though The Star has included Smith in the Chiefs calculation.
Starting March 12, each teams top 51 salaries plus so-called dead money will count against the cap. The Chiefs top 51 salaries, including Smith, total $121,474,975 and they have paid $8,084,145 in dead money, which includes salary cap figures for players who were either released last year or voided the 2013 season from their contract. That equals $129,559,120, which is $6,559,120 over the cap.
But the Chiefs will carry over $14,079,650 in unused cap money from 2012, leaving them $7,520,530 of cap space.
Not including the contract of Smith, the Chiefs have more than $17 million of salary cap room.
The Chiefs can clear plenty more space under the salary cap by releasing defensive end Tyson Jackson. His salary cap number is almost $17.5 million and he is due a base salary of about $14.7 million.
Jackson would cost the Chiefs about $2.5 million if he is released. But that move would still save them about $15 million against their salary cap.
The Chiefs would also save almost $6 million against their cap when they trade or release quarterback Matt Cassel.
The Chiefs are going to need some cap room. They are trying to re-sign, among their other potential free agents, wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, punter Dustin Colquitt and tackle Branden Albert.
If they cant re-sign Bowe, he is likely to be named as the Chiefs franchise player. While that would effectively keep him off the free-agent market, the Chiefs at the same time would be required to offer Bowe a one-year contract worth $11.4 million.
That figure is an automatic 20 percent raise from his 2012 salary because he would be a franchise player for the second straight season.
If the Chiefs can sign Bowe to a long-term contract, they may use the franchise designation on Albert, who then would be offered a one-year deal worth about $9.83 million.
If the Chiefs are going to designate a franchise player, they must do so by Monday.
Chiefs 2013 salary cap figures
|Player||Base salary||Cap number*|
|DE Tyson Jackson||$14,720,000||$17,470,000|
|LB Tamba Hali||$12,250,000||$15,500,000|
|DB Eric Berry||$7,009,000||$10,211,700|
|QB Matt Cassel||$7,500,000||$9,825,000|
|QB Alex Smith||$7,500,000||$9,750,000|
|CB Brandon Flowers||$7,350,000||$9,600,000|
|OL Eric Winston||$4,900,000||$6,500,000|
|RB Jamaal Charles||$1,750,000||$4,333,333|
|LB Derrick Johnson||$2,250,000||$3,500,000|
|DL Dontari Poe||$904,456||$2,572,728|
|PK Ryan Succop||$1,950,000||$2,400,000|
|WR Jon Baldwin||$1,061,510||$2,059,528|
|LB Andy Studebaker||$2,055,000||$2,055,000|
|OL Jon Asamoah||$1,323,000||$1,551,030|
|TE Tony Moeaki||$1,323,000||$1,494,662|
|WR Dexter McCluster||$630,000||$1,400,000|
|DB Kendrick Lewis||$1,323,000||$1,374,725|
|OL Jeff Allen||$591,083||$1,055,415|
|CB Javier Arenas||$630,000||$1,003,750|
|OL Rodney Hudson||$643,746||$956,209|
|WR Terrance Copper||$840,000||$915,000|
|LB Justin Houston||$555,000||$747,812|
|DL Allen Bailey||$555,000||$718,986|
|DB Jalil Brown||$555,000||$682,325|
|OL Donald Stephenson||$480,000||$664,375|
|LB Cory Greenwood||$630,000||$656,250|
|DL Marcus Dixon||$630,000||$630,000|
|QB Ricky Stanzi||$555,000||$619,763|
|WR Devon Wylie||$480,000||$613,850|
|DL Jerrell Powe||$555,000||$583,170|
|DB Husain Abdullah**||$715,000||$555,000|
|WR Mardy Gilyard||$555,000||$555,000|
|DL Daniel Muir**||$715,000||$555,000|
|DL Anthony Toribio||$555,000||$555,000|
|RB Cyrus Gray||$480,000||$514,918|
|RB Nate Eachus||$480,000||$480,833|
|WR Josh Bellamy||$480,000||$480,000|
|FB Patrick DiMarco||$480,000||$480,000|
|OL Ryan Durand||$480,000||$480,000|
|DB Tysyn Hartman||$480,000||$480,000|
|WR Junior Hemingway||$480,000||$480,000|
|WR Jamar Newsome||$480,000||$480,000|
|OL Rich Ranglin||$480,000||$480,000|
|DB Neiko Thorpe||$480,000||$480,000|
|RB Shaun Draughn||$480,000||$480,000|
|DB DeQuan Menzie||$405,000||$464,613|
|OL Steve Baker||$405,000||$410,000|
|TE Kevin Brock||$405,000||$405,000|
|DB Jose Gumbs||$405,000||$405,000|
|DL Lucas Patterson||$405,000||$405,000|
|WR Tyler Shoemaker||$405,000||$405,000|
|PK Matt Syzmanski||$405,000||$405,000|
|QB Alex Tanney||$405,000||$405,000|
|OL Dustin Waldron||$405,000||$405,000|
*Cap number includes various bonuses
**Husain Abdullah and Daniel Muir have salaries larger than their cap numbers because each is playing under a one-year veteran minimum contract.
In addition to their players under contract, NFL teams are obligated to count bonus money paid to players who were either released last year or had the 2013 season from their contract against the cap. The Chiefs have 17 players who received a total of $8,084,145 in so-called dead money.
|WR Steve Breaston||$3,000,000|
|DL Glenn Dorsey||$2,699,942|
|TE Kevin Boss||$2,133,334|
|LB Gabe Miller||$99,250|
|LB Cameron Sheffield||$48,614|
|DL Jerome Long||$45,450|
|WR Junior Hemingway||$34,884|
|WR Josh Bellamy||$5,334|
|DB Neiko Thorpe||$3,334|
|DL Brandon Bair||$2,334|
|DB Chandler Fenner||$2,334|
|RB Taylor Gentry||$2,334|
|OL Justin Cheadle||$2,000|
|WR Brandon Kinnie||$1,667|
|DB Terrance Parks||$1,667|
|OL Cam Holland||$1,000|
|LB Dexter Heyman||$667|
Out of contract
The following players have no contract for 2013:
OT Branden Albert
WR Dwayne Bowe
P Dustin Colquitt
DB Travis Daniels
DL Glenn Dorsey
DB Abram Elam
LS Thomas Gafford
OL Russ Hochstein
RB Peyton Hillis
LB Edgar Jones
OL Ryan Lilja
TE Steve Maneri
OL Bryan Mattison
DB Kyle McCarthy
TE Jake OConnell
DL Ropati Pitoitua
QB Brady Quinn
TE Martin Rucker
LB Brandon Siler
DL Shaun Smith
LB Leon Williams
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