Last Friday, the NFL Player’s Association announced that the league salary cap for 2014 will be $133 million, which is about $7 million higher than previously estimated. This is good news for the Kansas City Chiefs who needed the financial flexibility.
Every NFL team is required to be under the cap before the free agent market officially opens on March 11. The Chiefs are well under the new mark, and can afford to re-sign some of their own free agents before other teams get a crack at them. Unfortunately, getting their free agents to come back could be a tougher sell than expected for Kansas City’s front office.
While the salary cap increase is definitely good news, it’s also a bit of a double-edged sword. Teams now have more money than ever, so why wouldn’t a free agent want to see what the market has to offer? It’s going to be tougher to convince them to sign now, but GM John Dorsey and company need to do everything in their power to try.
Geoff Schwartz and Jon Asamoah should be top priorities for the Chiefs. They’re arguably the two best guards heading into free agency. Kansas City would love to have both of them back, and definitely need to secure at least one of them. Letting the best at any position test this money-drenched market would be a huge mistake.
The Chiefs are not in a financial position to win a bidding war with very many teams. They must move on every player they want to bring back now, and be willing to offer a little more money than previously planned. The new salary cap has inflated the market, and Kansas City has to play it smart.