Kansas City Chiefs 2017 NFL Offseason Guide
Start Of League Year: March 9th
When it comes to contractual status of NFL players, March 9th is the big date. This is when the Kansas City Chiefs, and every other team, will have to make a lot of their big decisions. Contracts expire, the Top 51 salary rule goes into effect, restricted free agent tenders are due, and a host of other important decisions must happen.
How important is this day? Well back in 2013 (March 14th), the Denver Broncos lost a star pass rusher and Elvis Dumervil lost $8 million because of the 4:00 pm (EST) deadline. That “fax faux pas” is now an example for all NFL front offices to hammer home how important the NFL offseason calendar is.
For the Chiefs, this day will mark the deadline for decisions on players like Cairo Santos, Daniel Sorensen, and Albert Wilson. Of course, that assumes these players aren’t signed ahead of time. Last year the Chiefs didn’t make much use of their tenders, instead choosing to sign players to new contracts. We shall see if that carries over to this year.