The KC Chiefs are going to have to make some tough cuts this offseason.
If the Chiefs do find themselves in cap trouble this offseason, things could get really turbulent. Given that Kansas City has over 25 players becoming free agents after this season, cutting players on top of that brings even more uncertainty.
There are other names outside of the ones already listed that may get some consideration for being cut. While Frank Clark has clearly underperformed this season for what he’s getting paid, the dead cap hit doesn’t make it feasible to cut him.
It’s a similar scenario with Laurent Duvernay Tardiff. Like Damien Williams, LTD did the honorable thing and opted out of the 2020 season. As a doctor, he opted out to help in the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chiefs have shown that they can win without him but like Clark, cutting him in order to save money doesn’t make sense.
The best-case scenario would be if there’s no significant change in the salary cap. While certain cuts could and likely will still happen, the intensity of battling a lower cap number would hopefully be negated. But if the salary cap is in fact lowered significantly, it could in turn significantly rewire the free-agent market.
No matter the circumstances, though, watch for Kansas City’s roster to see some big changes in 2021.