Kansas City Chiefs: Jon Baldwin

KC has about $6.6 million in cap room

February, 26, 2014
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The Kansas City Chiefs as of Monday had $6,626,444 in available salary-cap room for 2014, assuming a salary cap of $130 million. The cap has yet to be set, and Pro Football Talk has reported it could exceed $132 million per team.

The Chiefs have $122,249,251 in salary cap commitments for their 51 highest paid players. Only the top 51 will count against the salary cap when the league year begins in March. The Chiefs have 68 players under contract.

The Chiefs also have $3,505,823 in dead money, so called because it accounts for cash given in past seasons to certain players who are no longer under contract. Wide receiver Jonathan Baldwin and cornerback Dunta Robinson are among the players in this category.

The Chiefs have a credit of $2,381,518 against their salary cap. That’s the amount of last season’s cap they didn’t spend.

The Chiefs were 25th among the 32 teams in available salary-cap space. The Oakland Raiders had more than $64 million of salary-cap room. Two teams, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys, were over the cap.

Chiefs roster predictions, part I

August, 28, 2013
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Not much intrigue left to the preseason for the Kansas City Chiefs. Just trying to stay healthy through Thursday night’s final exhibition game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium.

That, and the final round of roster cuts that loom afterward. The Chiefs, like all NFL teams, must trim their active roster from 75 to 53 players by Saturday evening.

Here’s my prediction on how their roster will look for the Sept. 8 regular-season opener against the Jaguars in Jacksonville, Fla., at offensive positions and in the kicking game. I’ll post defensive predictions later today.

Quarterback (3): Alex Smith, Chase Daniel, Tyler Bray. This might be the only position where there is no intrigue. They are set and in this order on the depth chart.

Running back (4): Jamaal Charles, Anthony Sherman, Knile Davis, Shaun Draughn. The only real mystery here is whether the Chiefs keep Draughn or Cyrus Gray as the third halfback. Draughn has been more productive than Gray. The Chiefs don’t use their fullback enough to keep more than just Sherman.

Wide receiver (6): Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery, Dexter McCluster, Junior Hemingway, Devon Wylie, A.J. Jenkins. This position has come into focus since the Chiefs traded Jon Baldwin and released Terrance Copper. Bowe and Avery are the starters, McCluster the slot receiver. Hemingway has been steady during camp and the preseason and deserves a spot. Wiley and Jenkins are fast, and coach Andy Reid likes speed. The Chiefs might also keep undrafted rookie Rico Richardson, who caught the touchdown pass in overtime in Pittsburgh last week, but I’m not going to predict that.

Tight end (4): Anthony Fasano, Tony Moeaki, Travis Kelce, Demetrius Harris. The shoulder injury to Moeaki might lead the Chiefs to place him on the injured-reserve list. Either way, the Chiefs will need to keep another tight end now, and that’s likely to be Harris. A former basketball player who didn’t play football in college, Harris needs more time to develop, so the Chiefs might be in search of veteran help at this position.

Offensive line (8): Branden Albert, Eric Fisher, Donald Stephenson, Jeff Allen, Jon Asamoah, Geoff Schwartz, Rodney Hudson, Eric Kush. Stephenson is too good to be a backup for long. He and Schwartz will be the first reserves off the bench. Kush is a developmental player.

Specialists (3): Ryan Succop, Dustin Colquitt, Thomas Gafford. They’re the only players still on the roster at their respective positions.

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