We’ll start here a position-by-position look at how the Kansas City Chiefs are utilizing their salary-cap space with the quarterbacks. ESPN Stats and Information showed the Chiefs to have about $2.9 million in available cap space, which is 30th among the NFL’s 32 teams.
Salary cap commitments: $22,221,940. Alex Smith $15.6 million, Chase Daniel $4.8 million, Terrelle Pryor $670,000, Tyler Bray $588,334, Aaron Murray $563,606. Note: Only the 51 highest figures currently count against the Chiefs’ salary cap, according to NFL rules, so all of these salaries may not figure into the team’s current cap number.
Percent of Chiefs’ total salary cap: 17.31.
NFL average salary cap spending on QBs: $13,303,627.
Chiefs’ rank in QB spending: Third among 32 teams.
Analysis: The Chiefs’ numbers here are bloated not only by the contract signed last summer by Smith but the lucrative contract that Daniel has as a backup. Smith’s salary cap figure is 11th in the league among quarterbacks. Five of those costing more against the salary cap (Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Eli Manning, Aaron Rodgers and Ben Roethlisberger) have won at least one Super Bowl. The other five ahead of Smith (Jay Cutler, Phillip Rivers, Tony Romo, Matt Ryan and Matt Stafford) haven’t. Daniel’s cap number, meanwhile, is higher than for any other quarterback who won’t at least be competing for a starting job in training camp. Daniel’s number is also higher than nine quarterbacks who at this point at least project to be starters. That explains why the Chiefs are so far above the NFL average in quarterback spending.