Chiefs about $2.7 million over salary cap

The Kansas City Chiefs still have work to do in order to be in compliance with the NFL's salary cap, but they're getting close to that mark. Thursday's release of veteran Joe Mays should put the Chiefs about $2.7 million over the target.

ESPN Stats and Information showed the Chiefs to be about $5.4 million over the NFL's salary limit before they released Mays. But the Chiefs saved $2.7 million against their salary cap with his release.

The Chiefs need to be in compliance with their salary cap, which was set at about $146.1 million, by March 10.

The Chiefs could get under the limit by restructuring veteran contracts. They also could get there in one move by releasing certain players. For instance, they would save $5 million by releasing wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, $4 million by releasing defensive end Mike DeVito or $3.8 million by releasing backup quarterback Chase Daniel.

The Chiefs recently saved about $9.4 million against their salary cap with the release of four players: Wide receiver Donnie Avery ($3.4 million), tight end Anthony Fasano ($2 million), wide receiver A.J. Jenkins ($1.3 million) and Mays.