The Kansas City Chiefs entered free agency with $16.8 million in salary cap space, according to overthecap.com. A good rule of thumb is that the average free agent will count about $3 million against the salary cap in their first year.
That means that the Chiefs have the cap space to sign four or five players without needing to take other measures to clear cap space. One such move would be releasing or trading quarterback Matt Cassel. Working out a restructured deal for Tamba Hali and signing Branden Albert to a long-term contract would give the Chiefs even more cap space.
There is plenty of wiggle room if the Chiefs need it to make moves. John Dorsey and Andy Reid don’t have to bargain hunt, which means they can add proven players and improve the team’s versatility and depth. As long as the Chiefs don’t overspend on the players they sign, there’s a good chance the Chiefs can significantly improve via free agency.
Salary cap space at the start of free agency: $16.8 million
Approximate current cap space: $1-5 million*
*Actual 2013 cap space will be updated when available.