KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Spending on running backs is down for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015, and the Chiefs are no longer near the top of the league in that area.
A closer look at how the Chiefs are spending their salary-cap dollars on running backs:
Salary-cap commitments: $10,314,004 (down from $12,545,784 last year). Jamaal Charles $5,312,500, Anthony Sherman $2 million, Knile Davis $826,504, Spencer Ware $600,000, Charcandrick West $600,000, Darrin Reaves $525,000, Trey Millard $450,000.
Percent of Chiefs’ total salary cap spent on running backs: 6.4 (down from 9.8 percent last year).
NFL average salary-cap spending on RBs: $6,869,024.
Chiefs’ rank in RB spending: 10th among 32 teams (down from fifth last year).
Analysis: More than half of the Chiefs’ running back spending is going for Charles, but his salary-cap number is down more than $2.5 million from last year. Charles has the eighth-highest cap number in the NFL for a running back. Other than Charles and fullback Anthony Sherman, all the Chiefs’ backs are on minimum-salary contracts. Davis’ cap number is more than the minimum because of bonus money given to him by the Chiefs in 2013 when he was a third-round draft pick.