It's never too early to start planning for the future—that especially holds true for the National Football League.
Just four days after a second half of disillusionment, Jason Cole of the National Football Post reported that the Kansas City Chiefs were considering extending Alex Smith's contract. In turn, that sparked questions about the club's cap space and which players' services would be dismissed to pave way for the passer's surely sizable deal.
In 2012, the Chiefs had heaps of elbow room in terms of cap space. General manager Scott Pioli tried to prove his salary-cap sagacity by constructing a roster full of inexperienced and cheap talent. Frugality brings about a lot of things: discipline, security, barrels of Breaking Bad money, etc. In football, it brings about a 2-14 record.
Out with the old, in with the new.
GM John Dorsey subsequently conducted a salary-cap shakedown in 2013, squeezing every last dime out of it that he could manage. And just like that, the Chiefs were promoted back to playoff contenders.
You can rest assured that he will repeat history and the Chiefs will enter 2014 hugging the cap ceiling once again. With that said, let's take a look at what the number-crunching GM will study.