Kansas City Chiefs front office executives will earn their paychecks this offseason as the team navigates a tricky free agent landscape with only $13.6 million in salary cap space. While DT Chris Jones, WR Sammy Watkins and QB Patrick Mahomes are among the notable names with big money implications in the near future, the Chiefs have over 20 impending free agents of their own to work with.
According to Yahoo Sports senior NFL writer Terez Paylor, Kansas City has made a decision on one of them and is preparing to part ways with fifth-year offensive lineman Cameron Erving.
Erving was originally drafted by the Cleveland Browns in the first round (No. 19 overall) in the 2015 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old spent his first two seasons with the Browns before being traded to the Chiefs in exchange for a fifth-round draft choice. Early during the 2018 regular season, Kansas City signed Erving to a two-year, $8.27 million extension where he went on to start 22 games over the past two seasons. The swing offensive tackle/guard has played in 69 games (42 starts) throughout his career and should draw interest on the open market.
With this move, the Chiefs will free up approximately $3.25 million in cap space for 2020, bringing their current allocation closer to $17 million.
Chiefs Meet With Free Agent Guard Stefen Wisniewski
While Erving is the among the first of Kansas City’s impending free agents to receive direction on his future with the franchise, he is one of three Chiefs’ offensive linemen with expiring deals.
Per FanSided national NFL reporter Matt Verderame, Kansas City front office executives have already met with one of them, veteran G/C Stefen Wisniewski, late this week to discuss a potential new contract.
The 30-year-old played 11 games (two starts) for the team in 2019, primarily in a reserve role with additional action on special teams. Wisnieski signed a one-year, $930K deal in October after being cut by the Philadelphia Eagles prior to the start of the regular season. He spent three years in with the Eagles from 2016-18 following one season with the Jacksonville Jaguars. The 6’3,” 305-pound guard originally entered the league as a second round pick (No. 48 overall) by the Oakland Raiders in 2011, where he started for the team in his first four years.
Wisnieski will have a reasonable opportunity to strike a new deal with the Chiefs, but it remains unlikely the team will enter much of a bidding war for his services considering the organization’s limited amount of spending power this offseason.
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