The Kansas City Chiefs turned their season around in a big way last year and the franchise’s future now looks mighty bright. But not everyone who helped turn it around will be there to see this potential Super Bowl plan through to the end as cap casualties will no doubt start hitting the Chiefs like they do other elite teams in the league.
Ben Volin from the Boston Globe highlighted some potential veterans that could be cut in the next year or so thanks to their big contracts and the cheap rookies drafted this month to compete with them. One player that sticks out is Chiefs defensive stud Tamba Hali.
[The] eight-year pass rusher is probably safe this year, but he’s not long for the Chiefs, who just drafted Dee Ford in the first round. Hali’s contract runs out after 2015 and has a cap number of almost $12 million next year.
This seems a bit odd to consider but the Chiefs will no doubt face money problems down the line and Hali isn’t going to come cheap. If he hits the market, he’ll command a pretty hefty salary that the Chiefs won’t want to pay and his $12 million in 2015 is not an attractive figure.
Still, these things sometimes work themselves out, and while Dee Ford seems like a good option to eventually replace Hali, we can’t be sure just when his tenure will be over.