Could A Higher Cap Lead To A Chiefs Super Team?

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Tony looks at what an increased salary cap under the new CBA might mean for the Kansas City Chiefs

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.

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Armychiefj
Armychiefj

Unfortunately for this article, Schefter’s $5 billion number is either a typo or he misheard. For a 1% shift in money to mean a $5 billion increase to the players, that means the total pot for the 10 year CBA would be 500 billion, or 50 B/yr. The NFL makes a hell of a lot, but not that much. Although exact numbers aren’t known anymore some math based on the numbers reported by the Packers (who we all know are publicly owned) about their share of national revenue indicates the number was around 16B in 2018.

So it should be about 1.5B shifted over the course of CBA, not 5B. And that is only $5 million more on the cap per team for the first year. Even if it’s 2B, that’s still only about 6.5 million. In short, there is no cap balloon coming from the new CBA (unless the players reject it and somehow convince the owners to move off their bargaining position by a metric crap ton).

Sorry, but this is not the Chris Jones saving droid we are all looking for.

Slim
Slim

Not arguing with your overall point, but I believe his figure was based on the eventual 1.5% increase once they go to a 17 game schedule so only using 1% as the increase is slightly underselling it

Berserker
Berserker

I just hope the cap goes up enough for the Chiefs to be willing to give Mahomes a contract that averges $50 million per year. Because I have a two-year-old argument bookmarked, and I want to be able to tell that guy “I told you so.”

Yes, I am exactly that petty.

probablyamistake
probablyamistake

We know 😉

ForeverRanger91
ForeverRanger91

I still have receipts over the Chiefs coming back from 1-5 to winning a playoff game for the first time in forever. I was the only one who believed they could do it.

Berserker
Berserker

Cash those suckers in!

Leaf

Simple answer? No it can’t

Tarkus

That would make for a very short article, though.

MidKan Chiefs Lifer
MidKan Chiefs Lifer

Well that sounds like a very ok situation to this guy.

mgrafton
mgrafton

Never thought I’d hear the term “Chiefs Super Team” in my lifetime. I’m 100% here for it.

KCChef
KCChef

Lemme see if I picked out the Wheat here … Our $ 13 + M Cap PLUS $ 15.6 M For this Year if the NFLPA Agrees ?

ChiefUdall
ChiefUdall

I think there would be a small 2 year window for this to work. It would take a high % of players on the team to be already under contract for the ballooning, allowing splash signings. If not, your average 2-4 million a yr player would now think with the increase he should get 4-6 million a season and most everyone’s salary would move proportionately.

irafreak
irafreak

This was my thought too. If we already had Jones or Mahomes locked down, then we could dump the excess into one but their agents will both expect a large piece of that pie. It may help us a little but it still might not guarantee we sign both.