A new CBA means new financials, and there’s big news that may end up going under the radar.
That’s a lot of numbers, but what does it mean? In short, more money for the players means a higher cap, and a $5 billion shift ($156 million per team, which would be $15.6 million per year) is huge. The cap for 2020 is $200 million, so that extra money means a lot more wiggle room for teams, especially early on when players are still under their old contracts.
What does that mean for the play on the field? Let’s tell a story from the NBA to illustrate: In the 2016 NBA season, the defending champion Golden State Warriors set an NBA record with 73 wins in the regular season, but lost to the LeBron James Cavaliers after blowing a 3-1 series lead.
However, in the 2016 offseason they made sure that wouldn’t happen again by signing Kevin Durant, adding a guy many considered to be the 2nd best player in the league to a roster that was already the best in NBA history. This new super team easily won 2 NBA Finals, and only lost a 3rd because of injury.
How could they do that and stay within a reasonable budget? When the NBA negotiated their new CBA, their deal caused a huge bump in the salary cap in the 2016 offseason. While many teams used this opportunity to sign middling players to terrible contracts, the Warriors were able to use this new found cap space to add yet another MVP to their roster.
The same thing could happen to the Chiefs. As the cap currently stands, the Chiefs will struggle to keep Sammy Watkins and Chris Jones while saving enough space for Mahomes’ extension and filling other holes. But a sudden ballooning in the salary cap could mean keeping all of them around, while also using Mahomes and the most recent Lombardi trophy to attract top free agents who would have otherwise been too expensive.
If everything falls into place the right way, the Chiefs could field a team where every opponent they face is simply outmatched before the game even starts. This “super team” could be the most talented team in the NFL excluding the quarterback position, that also has the best quarterback in the NFL. The type of team that viciously wipes the ’72 Dolphins and ’07 Patriots from memory.