Stumbled recently across these facts from the NFL Players Association. They aren’t particularly surprising given the offseason activities of the Chiefs and Jaguars, teams that will play against one another in the regular-season opener on Sept. 8 in Jacksonville.
But maybe they shed some light on what will happen. Or at least what should.
The Chiefs have spent all but $82,492 of their salary cap allotment. They have the smallest remaining wiggle room among the 32 NFL teams.
The Jaguars had $22,916,605 available in salary cap funds. Only Cleveland has more room under the salary cap.
The Chiefs have $166,262,371 in cash commitments, meaning that’s how much they are on the hook to pay in salary and bonuses this year. That’s third highest in the league behind only Detroit and Green Bay.
The Jaguars have $107,001,729 in similar commitments. That’s second lowest in the league behind the Raiders.
Make of these figures what you will. I’ll take them as a strong reason the Chiefs should win the game. This is a clear sign of two teams with different ambitions this season.