Chiefs' spending on wide receivers is up from 2015

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Spending on wide receivers is up for the Kansas City Chiefs from 2015, and they are no longer near the bottom of the league in that area.

A closer look at how the Chiefs are spending their salary cap dollars on wide receivers.

Salary cap commitments: $17,664,969 (up from $7,638,333 last year). Jeremy Maclin $12.4 million, Rod Streater $810,000, Chris Conley $738,109, De'Anthony Thomas $713,527, Albert Wilson $603,333, Frankie Hammond $600,000, Da'Ron Brown $450,000, Kenny Cook $450,000, Kashif Moore $450,000, Fred Williams $450,000.

Percentage of Chiefs’ total salary cap spent on wide receivers: 10.9.

NFL average salary cap spending on WRs: $16,179,277.

Chiefs’ rank in WR spending: 17th among 32 teams (up from 31st last year).

Analysis: As with the other offensive skill positions, the Chiefs are spending significantly for one player. Maclin’s cap number jumped from $3.4 million last year. It’s telling that the recently signed Streater is second among Chiefs’ wide receivers in salary-cap spending. All the other receivers are playing for minimum salaries.