KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The Kansas City Chiefs will carry over more than $2.2 million of unused 2014 salary-cap funds to 2015, according to the ESPN Stats & Information group. The exact figure is $2,246,790.
The additional salary-cap room will be useful to the Chiefs. The NFL's 2015 salary limit hasn't been set, but it's projected to be slightly above $140 million. The Chiefs won't be able to squeeze all of their salary-cap commitments, plus the franchise number of about $13 million for linebacker Justin Houston, under a salary cap of, say, $143 million. So every little bit helps, and if the league limit is $143 million, the Chiefs would be able to go to $145,246,790 because of this carryover.
Using a projected salary cap of $140 million and not yet figuring in the carryover, ESPN Stats & Info projects the Chiefs to be about $4.2 million over the cap. So if the cap is set at $143 million, the Chiefs would be in compliance with the limit because of the carryover.
But the Chiefs would have no wiggle room. They wouldn't be able to place the franchise tag on Houston or re-sign center Rodney Hudson or any of their other prospective free agents.
The Chiefs will be creating that wiggle room over the next month by releasing players and restructuring some contracts.