The Kansas City Chiefs need to free up cap space to make some moves this offseason. Here are three players who could be cap casualties.
The Kansas City Chiefs fell short of their expected third-consecutive trip to the Super Bowl. They overcame a rough start of the season to win the AFC West title and clinch the second-seed in the conference. They coasted past the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Wild Card Round and survived a nail-biter against the Buffalo Bills in the Divisional Round. Their luck ran out in the AFC Championship Game, as they blew a 21-3 lead to lose 27-24 in overtime to the Cincinnati Bengals.
If this season proved anything, it is that the AFC is only getting stronger in terms of competition. The Bengals are in the Super Bowl behind quarterback Joe Burrow. Josh Allen and the Bills almost sent the Chiefs home a week earlier. The Tennessee Titans had the best record in the conference after missing star running back Derek Henry for most of the season.
The Chiefs currently have a little over $3.8 million in cap space for the 2022 league year, per Spotrac. Top safety Tyrann Mathieu is set to become a free agent, and losing him could be tough for Kansas City. Not to mention that they will need to make some additional moves to bolster their chances of contending for the Super Bowl next year. With that, they will need to look at some cost cutting measures.
Here are two players on the Chiefs that are obvious cut candidates, due to their contracts.