That’s right folks! I don’t know if you have been paying attention to the “numbers” or not, but let good ole’ Barry shed some light on the SPENDING FIESTA that I expect to see out of the Chiefs during the greatest offseason in history. (That’s what I’m calling it from now on, write that down.)
Just browsing around the net these days can bring you the most exciting information. Being the Kool-Aid drinker that I am proud to be, I really try not to get discouraged when I read post after post and blog after blog FULL of Chiefs fans that don’t think Kansas City is going to spend enough dough this year. When you look at things a little closer, there really isn’t anything to worry about. Let’s start by looking at how much we saved earlier this week.
Patrick Surtain’s 2009 cap hit was $9.73 million. His release two years early from a 7 year, $52 million contract signed 5 years ago brings his cap hit to $3.55 million. Cap savings: $6.18 million. Pat, you did a great job with the kids, and I think you did the best you could do in a cover two. Good luck to you.
Donnie Edwards’ cap number for 2009 was $6.5 million. His release lowered that number to $1.1 million. Cap savings: $5.4 million. Donnie, Donnie, Donnie. I love ya man, this one I was hoping wouldn’t go down. Especially after you just bought that new place that overlooks Arrowhead. I wanted you to retire a CHIEF. It is what it is, godspeed.
Damon Huard’s contract 3 year, $7.5 million contract signed in 2007 called for a $2.9 million cap hit in 2009. His release reduces that number to $900,000. Cap savings: $2 million. Damon, you are a gentleman, and a good family man. I think you gave this team some hope a couple of years ago, and I would like to thank you for service.
Well, there it is! That’s approximately $13.5 million the Chiefs just saved with these cuts. Since the Chiefs were somewhere around $37 million UNDER the cap, that brings the grand total to just a bit over $50 Million Dollars under the cap.
For those of you who didn’t know, there is a MINIMUM that the Chiefs will have to spend to comply with the salary cap rules. The minimum is 86% folks. That means the Chiefs will need to spend around $33 million dollars of cap space for 2009. That’s right, $33 MILLION dollars. Sure, Suggs got franchised. Sure, Ray Lewis could end up a Cowboy. Heck, I might be inclined to believe the Patriots didn’t really franchise Cassel, but the point I am making is that there are PLENTY of good players for them to still pick from.
Now that we can all concede that this could in fact be one of the most exciting offseasons in Chiefs history, let’s get down to business.
Today’s business is Brodie Croyle. You all knew it was coming, and now that Huard has been released, BarryinStlouis is proud to bring up the conversation. For those of you who don’t know, I have always been a supporter of Brodie’s. I still believe he has an NFL arm. I don’t mind the torment that comes with it either. I think he is a good player.
Did you know that he is only making $540k for 2009?
Seriously, I can’t be the ONLY one thinking that Brodie Croyle will be fine as our #2 or #3 guy at quarterback? That is cheap isn’t it? Why not let the kid come to camp. He has the scars now to prove he deserves a shot. Don’t worry, this isn’t going to turn into a case to start Brodie either for all you haters out there. (Not yet…. we’ll see how he does in camp.) I hope the Chiefs draft a quarterback this year. This will make for a hell of competition in camp, don’t ya think?
While we are talking about quarterbacks, let’s talk about the kid out of Coastal Carolina, Tyler Thigpen. If you use him in Madden, I just know you sneak it every other play, don’t you? He has the wheels to roll out of the pocket, doesn’t he? I even uploaded some highlights for the real junkies.
The fact that Chan Gailey has been retained spells good things for Tyler Thigpen. His performance in 2008 bought and paid for the opportunity to start for this football team in 2009. I just can’t wait to see what a good offensive line and maybe a receiver or two will add to his development.
You might enjoy this video as well:
This is the kind of fun we are having right here, on homeofthechiefs.com
You are invited, and write that one down too while you’re at it.