3 Chiefs Who Could Be Traded or Cut if the Salary Cap Drops in 2021

Zach Brunner
Three Chiefs who could be cut or traded if the salary cap drops in 2021.
Three Chiefs who could be cut or traded if the salary cap drops in 2021. / David Eulitt/Getty Images
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With all of the difficulties going on in our world today due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the possibility these difficulties leak into the NFL is very real. There are discussions that the NFL salary cap could actually decrease in 2021, putting many teams in difficult situations. None may be more difficult than the Kansas City Chiefs, who entered this offseason with the least amount of money available.

These are the three Chiefs that could be cut of traded, if they NFL salary cap drops in 2021.

1. Anthony Hitchens, LB

The Chiefs look to have drafted the replacement for Anthony Hitchens.
The Chiefs look to have drafted the replacement for Anthony Hitchens. / Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images

Anthony Hitchens has been a decent starter for the Chiefs. However, the team drafted Willie Gay Jr., who could push Hitchens for his job as soon as this season. With the veteran linebacker being paid an average of $9 million over the next couple seasons, the team could get out of the contract early and save a chunk of money over the next two season, while also having his replacement already on the team.

2. Alex Okafor, DE

Alex Okafor's first season with the Chiefs was shortened.
Alex Okafor's first season with the Chiefs was shortened. / Justin K. Aller/Getty Images

Alex Okafor's first season with the Chiefs was shorted to only 10 games, due to injury. Still, he totaled his highest sack total since 2015. He is still a quality player, but it is relatively easy to plug in pass rushers during the offseason. Due to this, Okafor could be a cut candidate, or he could have some trade suitors, given he has a manageable contract through next season in Kansas City.

3. Chad Henne, QB

There is a potential out in Chad Henne's contract next season.
There is a potential out in Chad Henne's contract next season. / David Eulitt/Getty Images

Following this season, there is a potential out in veteran quarterback Chad Henne's contract. Cutting him would be an easy way for the team to save $1.625 million. Kansas City also signed Shea Patterson from Michigan and Jordan Ta'amu from the XFL, so it already has a cheap backup quarterback option in place for next season.


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