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Chiefs have approximately $5.7 million in cap room

The Kansas City Chiefs made a $10.8 million franchise tender to safety Eric Berry.
The Kansas City Chiefs made a $10.8 million franchise tender to safety Eric Berry.

After a flurry of moves that included several key re-signings and one major free-agent addition, the Chiefs currently have about $5.7 million in cap room, according to the NFL Players Association.

Considering the Chiefs will need about half of that to sign their draft picks this year, according to Joel Corry, that leaves the team with approximately $2.8 million to spend in free-agency.

The Chiefs had about $32 million in cap room in mid-February, but a $10.8 million franchise tender to safety Eric Berry, and multiyear extensions given to inside linebacker Derrick Johnson, outside linebacker Tamba Hali and defensive tackle Jaye Howard chipped away at that number significantly.

So did the free-agent additions of offensive tackle Mitchell Schwartz and receiver Rod Streater, both of whom were inked to deals in the first few days of free-agency in early March.

General manager John Dorsey and his scouting staff have been adept at finding bargain-basement players in free-agency who go on to be contributors and leave after they’ve driven up their value — safeties Quintin Demps, Kurt Coleman and Tyvon Branch all come to mind — so it could be interesting to see what, if anything, they have in store over the next few weeks.

The Chiefs could use added depth at cornerback, safety, offensive guard and perhaps outside linebacker. They can add cap room by agreeing to a long-term deal with Berry, whose current cap number would likely decrease by nearly half with a new deal.