Yes, the Kansas City Chiefs' season is over.
And yes, you probably spent the last two days in some kind of depressed, nihilistic, "Yeah, I just stare at my desk, but it looks like I'm working. I do that for probably another hour after lunch, too. I'd say in a given week I probably only do about 15 minutes of real, actual, work" state of mind.
But remember, in the span of a year, this team's missteps went from cynically comical to heart-wrenching. Going from a two-win travesty to a bona fide playoff contender isn't supposed to happen—not in professional sports.
With Heartbreak City in the rearview, it's never too soon to look forward to what lies on the other end of the horizon.
By "roster bubble," we're not exclusively talking about names who might survive the 53-man cut. We're talking about players, whether due to their poor performance and/or contract dilemmas, whom Kansas City might bid bon voyage to.
The easiest way to predict the future? Glance at what said players are scheduled to earn in 2014, then take a look at where their all-inclusive salary ranks among positional peers and juxtapose it with their relative production.
For instance, if a team considers releasing an overpaid but serviceable running back (who's still under contract), but the move, due to dead money, would only free up $700,000 in 2014 cap space, then the release would be counterproductive—odds are, you're not finding another effective rusher in the neighborhood of $700,000.
With that out of the way, let's sift through a band of players whose offseason fate hangs in the balance.