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Chiefs defensive end Mike DeVito agrees to pay cut

Mike DeVito (right) has agreed to restructure his contract with the Chiefs.
Mike DeVito (right) has agreed to restructure his contract with the Chiefs. The Kansas City Star

In what remains a busy free-agent period for the Chiefs, the club continues to get cooperation from its veterans in an attempt to upgrade the roster.

The Chiefs have agreed to a restructured contract with defensive end Mike DeVito that should lower the veteran run stuffer’s 2015 salary cap hit and keep him in Kansas City for at least another season.

DeVito posted the news of his impending return via Twitter on Monday.

According to Pro Football Talk, which first reported the news, DeVito agreed to reduce his $5.4 million cap number in 2015 to $2.9 million, creating $2.5 million in cap space for the Chiefs this season. He can make up a significant portion of it with reachable bonuses.

Multiple sources confirmed the numbers to The Star.

The Chiefs could have saved $4 million by releasing DeVito, who was set to enter the final season of a three-year, $12.6 million contract, but his run-stopping ability was missed up front, as the Chiefs fell from 11th in run defense with DeVito in 2013 to 28th without him in 2014.

The Chiefs recently agreed to a restructured contract with another expensive veteran entering the last year of his deal, Tamba Hali. The terms of the restructure have not been released yet, but it is expected to lower Hali’s $9 million cap hit for 2015. Had the Chiefs released Hali outright, they would have saved $9 million on the cap this year.

To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send email to tpaylor@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @TerezPaylor.

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