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Looking ahead: Additional Chiefs cap situations that bear monitoring

Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith has one year remaining on his contract.
Chiefs cornerback Sean Smith has one year remaining on his contract. The Kansas City Star

The following players have interesting cap situations that need to be monitored:

▪ CB Sean Smith: Smith, who has one year remaining on his deal, picked a heck of a time to have a career year. With another, cap expert Joel Corry figures Smith will cash in as a free agent at 28 years old. “He’s looking at a big contract.” Corry said. “The first thing he’ll say is that this team has established that its No. 1 corner is worth $10 million (with Brandon Flowers) and right now, that’s where the top of the second-tier market is. So if I’m Sean Smith, I’m talking $10 million a year just to get my attention.” The Chiefs could also franchise Smith after next year, but that number figures to be somewhere north of $13 million.

▪ NT Dontari Poe: The Chiefs can exercise a fifth-year option for Poe, which will keep him in Kansas City in 2016 for roughly $5.9 million, Corry said. “He’s a no-brainer for a fifth-year option,” Corry said. But Corry said Poe shouldn’t mind — Buffalo’s Marcell Dareus and Detroit’s Ndamukong Suh and Nick Fairley will soon set the market for him.

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

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