Chiefs create more needed cap space

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Kansas City Chiefs recently restructured the contracts of cornerback Brandon Flowers and kicker Ryan Succop to create some much-needed salary-cap room. Following those moves, the Chiefs have about $2.75 million of available cap space.

That’s important for a couple of reasons. First, the Chiefs have a little to spend if injury strikes and they need to sign a free agent or make a trade for a replacement.

It also gives them a little freedom if they want before the end of the season to sign one or more of their upcoming free agents to contract extensions. Among the players in the last season of a contract and scheduled to be unrestricted free agents next year: left tackle Branden Albert, guards Jon Asamoah and Geoff Schwartz, wide receiver Dexter McCluster, defensive lineman Tyson Jackson and free safety Kendrick Lewis.

Flowers saw his salary reduced from $7.35 million to $3.35 million. His cap number was reduced from $9.6 million to $6.6 million.

Succop saw his 2013 salary reduced from $1.95 million to $715,000 and his salary-cap number trimmed from $2.4 million to $1,473,750.