The Kansas City Chiefs have very little salary cap space as it stands now. After cutting Dunta Robinson, they have an estimate of roughly $3 million to spend on free agents and rookies in 2014. With 16 of their own players heading into free agency and several holes to fill, the Chiefs are going to have to be very creative this offseason.
Kansas City fans have no reason to worry. If any general manager knows how to add valuable personnel creatively it’s John Dorsey. The 2013 NFL Executive of the Year has already started hunting for diamonds in the rough with the signing of CFL standout Weston Dressler. The WR/RB has experience in the return game, and could be a cheap replacement for Dexter McCluster.
The best part about Dressler is that he’s risk-free. He is taking a league-minimum salary, and the Chiefs can cut him without losing any money. It’s safe to assume Dorsey is just getting started. Last season he held a ‘second draft’ of sorts after the preseason’s final cuts, adding seven players including key contributors CB Marcus Cooper, CB Ron Parker and TE Sean McGrath.
Dorsey is the head of one of the best scouting crews in the NFL, and they are going to find ways to add quality players to the Chiefs. There is also a lot of potential talent on the bench waiting for their opportunity. In Week 17, Kansas City was a missed field goal away from taking down the San Diego Chargers on the road with primarily their backups.
The Chargers were fighting for their playoff lives and needed overtime to take down the Chiefs’ reserves. Regardless of what happens with free agency and the draft, Kansas City has a lot of guys under contract who can step up if called upon for a bigger role. Parker, DE Allen Bailey, LB Nico Johnson and OL Donald Stephenson are just a few names that could and should have bigger roles with the Chiefs this season.
Yes, there are 16 players heading into free agency and very little money to re-sign them right now, but the Chiefs are going to be a better team in 2014. There is a lot of talent ready to come off of the bench and take on a bigger role, and Dorsey is going to find ways to add even more.