3 More Players the Chiefs Can Cut to Free Up Additional Salary Cap Space

Three Kansas City Chiefs players that could be cut next to free up additional cap space.
Three Kansas City Chiefs players that could be cut next to free up additional cap space. / Tom Pennington/Getty Images

More expensive and notable players are getting cut this offseason in favor of less expensive players. That includes the AFC-best Kansas City Chiefs, who recently cut both of their starting offensive tackles in Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz to save $18 million.

While the team opened up more than $10 million in cap space after restructuring Patrick Mahomes' deal, there's additional roster moves Kansas City can make to give itself more ammunition in free agency. With that in mind, here are three Chiefs who could be cut next.

1. Anthony Hitchens, LB

Hitchens has played in at least 14 games in each of his three seasons in Kansas City. His production has dropped each year, though, and he carries a cap hit of $10.6 million in 2021. The veteran may well be a cut casualty with 2020 second-round pick Willie Gay ready to step in and play more.

2. Damien Williams, RB

Damien Williams opted out of the 2020 season. His replacement came in the form of Chiefs first-round draft pick Clyde Edwards-Helaire, who showed tons of potential during a solid rookie season. Cutting Williams could save around $2.2 million, and his time looks done in Kansas City.

3. Chad Henne, QB

Cutting Chad Henne would save the Chiefs almost $1 million in cap space, but the team may not want to lose the veteran backup. Plus, with the team now actually having some space, letting the 11-year pro go is less of a necessity. He is an affordable insurance plan in case Kansas City needs a short-term fill-in for Mahomes.

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