The Kansas City Chiefs currently oversee $14 million (via Pro Football Talk) in which the team can spend in free agency. However, with some restructuring, the Chiefs can afford themselves more salary cap room to mask the roster's blemishes.
For the 2013 NFL season, the league's tentative salary cap figures to rest in the vicinity of $121 million. Free agency officially begins on March 12 (via ESPN). On the same date, the the league's Top 51 Rule—only teams' top 51 salaries are counted against the cap during the offseason—also takes effect.
Considering Kansas City owns the No. 1 overall pick in the 2013 NFL draft, the franchise's moves throughout free agency should hint at the Chiefs' mentality heading into Radio City Music Hall on April 25.
If left tackle Branden Albert is re-signed, head coach Andy Reid and general manager John Dorsey won't dial Luke Joeckel's number before the first pick is announced.
But in order for the front office to buy itself more financial leeway, the higher-ups will need to dissect the Chiefs' salary cap before trimming the fat.
All salary cap figures are provided by Spotrac.com.