The Chiefs shaved $3 million off their salary cap by restructuring the contract of cornerback Brandon Flowers, according to figures from the NFL Players Association. Flowers had his base salary cut from $7.35 million to $3.35 million. His cap number was reduced from $9.6 million to $6.6 million.
The move was a necessary one. The Chiefs needed some wiggle room. They now have almost $5 million in available salary-cap space.
Flowers will still receive all of the money he was otherwise schedule to receive. The Chiefs merely pushed some of their obligation to future seasons.
The Chiefs should limit this type of activity. Repeatedly pushing today’s obligations to next year’s credit card is the recipe for eventual disaster. NFL history is filled with examples.