I’m not a genius when it comes to the NFL cap. It’s constantly changing and it seems like some teams can get any deal they want while other teams struggle to sign someone. The Kansas City Chiefs were the first final off season, but now they’re leaning towards the latter.
Just today, the Chiefs cut the left tackle against Eric Fisher and the right tackle against Mitchell Schwartz and will reportedly not attempt to leave the Austin Reiter starting center.
This after the team signed their generation quarterback Patrick Mahomes to a record deal last off-season and lost the Super Bowl because that guy didn’t have time to operate the offense.
The good news for the Chiefs is that the move will free up nearly 20 million cap space, but the bad news is that the NFL free agent pool is a terrible way to build an offensive line.
“I have great respect for Eric and Mitchell,” the chief executive officer Brett Veach said in a statement. “With Eric he was obviously the very first player we drafted into Kansas City and we have seen him become a solid piece of equipment for us for many years. With Mitchell, his durability and toughness is remarkable and he certainly has his mark on ours Team. These decisions are never easy, especially with people like this, but these two players will forever be part of our history. “
Both Fisher and Schwartz ended 2020 injured and have passed the dreaded 30-year mark in recent years. That doesn’t help the offensive line depth issue that the Chiefs had last season when they went into the offensive line period through 2021. The Chiefs will reportedly return two linemen who signed out the next 2020 season, but after a season, Lucas Niang or Laurent Duvernay-Tardif is able to handle the rigors of the NFL.
Will they be able to live up to the standard of the previous first overall winner Fisher or Schwartz, who started 70 games in a row for the bosses in three all-pro seasons?
The plan for the Chiefs now suggests that in the 2021 draft, the team will draft at least two offensive linemen and possibly also grab some free agents to try and put together another credible unit while trying to get the linebacker unit and to support the secondary unit. Can the team rely on Patrick Mahomes to rebuild, or will the Chiefs take a step back next year as they try to get back to the top of the mountain?
Only time can tell.