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el borracho
02-13-2007, 07:56 PM
http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/sports/football/nfl/kansas_city_chiefs/16657381.htm?source=rss&channel=kansascity_kansas_city_chiefs

Chiefs’ cap comfortable
Unlike the last two years, KC is $5 million under the salary limit.

By ADAM TEICHER
The Kansas City Star
The Chiefs had to resort to releasing players and renegotiating existing contracts the last two years so they could comply with the NFL’s salary cap.
They won’t this year. Salary figures obtained by The Kansas City Star show the Chiefs with 2007 cap obligations of about $104 million. That should be about $5 million under the league-mandated ceiling, which is projected to be about $109 million.
“We’re in pretty good shape,” president/general manager Carl Peterson said. “Being able to get Tony Gonzalez signed without having to put a large franchise cap number on him really helps. We’re not having to, as we did last year, look at how we can reduce enough to ensure that we’ll be under the cap.”
The Chiefs will have enough salary-cap space to do some significant free-agent shopping if they so choose. But Peterson and coach Herm Edwards indicated that the Chiefs probably wouldn’t be major players once the market opens next month.
“I’d like to think we’ll be active, but we’ll be selective,” Peterson said. “I don’t see us going out on the first day and making a big splash on anybody. If you go back and really look at the history of free-agent signings — and really the history of early free-agent signings and big dollars — more often than not, teams have been burned. We’ve all kind of gotten back to building the core of your team through the draft.”
Edwards pointed toward Super Bowl participants Indianapolis and Chicago as examples of how the Chiefs would prefer to build their roster. Both teams acquired players mainly through the draft.
“That’s what we want to do here also,” Edwards said. “We need to have good drafts and draft good young players. We will infuse it with some veteran guys, but at the end of the day, you want to draft your guys because that’s what becomes your program.”
The Chiefs can clear more salary-cap space before the start of the free-agency period by renegotiating player contracts or releasing players. Tackle Willie Roaf retired last season, but his salary cap number of almost $5 million is still on their books. It comes off once Roaf is officially placed on the retired list.
Peterson has identified quarterback Trent Green as a target for a reduced salary. Green has the Chiefs’ highest base salary at $7.2 million.
Defensive tackle Ryan Sims is a prime target to be released. Sims, the Chiefs’ top draft pick in 2002, costs the Chiefs slightly more than $3 million now against their salary cap but would cost them about $2.3 million against their cap if released.
A glance at the list of individual salary-cap figures shows the Chiefs haven’t always spent their dollars wisely. A cornerback, Patrick Surtain, has their highest salary-cap figure at more than $9.3 million.
Among those with the highest salary-cap numbers are starters in danger of being benched (Green and linebacker Kendrell Bell), backup defensive linemen (Sims and Eric Hicks) and a player who was a no-show last season (running back Priest Holmes).
A player’s salary-cap number includes his base salary and all or a portion of various bonuses given to the player either this year or at the time of his signing.
The Chiefs will use some of their remaining salary-cap space to re-sign their own potential free agents. The list is 18 players long and includes tackle Jordan Black, linebacker Kawika Mitchell, defensive linemen Ron Edwards and James Reed, and quarterback Damon Huard as potential unrestricted free agents.
Among the scheduled restricted free agents are defensive end Jared Allen, wide receiver Samie Parker and kicker Lawrence Tynes.
Peterson has also said the Chiefs would negotiate a new contract with running back Larry Johnson, who otherwise has three seasons remaining on the deal he signed as a rookie in 2003.
After all of the internal maneuvering, the Chiefs should have some cap space remaining for outside free agents. Defensive tackle and wide receiver are their biggest needs.
“We still don’t know how good of a free-agent market this is going to be,” Peterson said. “We’re still evaluating that.”

(Went back 3 pages and didn't see this... if it's a repost- too bad)

My first two thoughts:

1. While I am the biggest proponent of the bolded statement and I hope it is true, I don't see where that has been the case for the last 7 years. Even this year we are short a draft pick (traded for Bennet).
2. It is a good feeling to be under the cap and have some logical cuts/ restructures that will free even more money (Roaf, Sims, Hicks, Holmes, Surtain, Bell and Green). Anyone know right off how much we will save if Shields retires?

noa
02-13-2007, 07:58 PM
Not trying to be mean, but: http://www.chiefsplanet.com/BB/showthread.php?t=158089&highlight=Chiefs+comfortable
Just so you can see the discussion there.

As for your questions about restructuring and money from retirement, the only consensus I have gathered so far is that its all speculation at this point.

crazycoffey
02-13-2007, 07:58 PM
he said "too bad" if it was a repost, can't you read???

recxjake
02-13-2007, 07:58 PM
I'm pretty sure it's a repost, 3 pages is about 12 hours in this place!

noa
02-13-2007, 08:01 PM
he said "too bad" if it was a repost, can't you read???


I said I wasn't trying to be mean. Can't you read????

milkman
02-13-2007, 08:15 PM
Somone needs to bitchslap you people.

And I am trying to be mean, and am not sorry if this is a repost.

:p