Chiefs’ Candidates for Roster Cuts
Some fans would like to see the Kansas City Chiefs release a high-priced player or two in order for the Chiefs to clear some room under the NFL’s salary cap.
ESPN’s Adam Teicher took a look at how much the Chiefs would save (or not save) by cutting some of the players who are costing them the most against the salary cap.
Releasing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, who signed a lucrative, long-term contract last year, isn’t an option for the Chiefs because cutting him would actually cost them more ($16.25 million) than keeping him. About half of Bowe’s 2014 salary of $8.75 million is guaranteed, meaning the Chiefs have to pay that portion of it whether he plays for them or not.
The next three highest cap numbers belong to defensive players: strong safety Eric Berry (approximately $11.6 million), linebacker Tamba Hali ($11.5 million) and cornerback Brandon Flowers ($10.5 million).
The Chiefs would save about $5.8 million against the cap if they released Eric Berry, about $5.5 million if they released Hali, and about $3.5 million if they cut Flowers.
Cornerback Sean Smith is another popular choice for release among Chiefs fans. His cap cost is $5.75 million. But his base salary of $3.45 million is fully guaranteed, so like Bowe, would cost Kansas City more if he didn’t play for them than if he did.