The Kansas City Chiefs made their second consecutive Super Bowl appearance last season before ultimately falling to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers by a score of 31-9. They now head into the offseason with some crucial decisions to make regarding their roster construction and future franchise plans.
One way the Chiefs can address their cap space situation is by looking at the veterans on the roster and if it would save the team any money by letting them go. With that in mind, here are three veteran players on the Chiefs that could be cap casualty cuts this offseason.
1. Damien Williams
Damien Williams played a major role in the Chiefs Super Bowl 54 title run, but heads into next season low on the depth chart. Williams opted out of playing in 2020 and is now likely behind Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams in the running back room. The Chiefs could save $1.5 million by cutting Williams in the offseason and they could use that money to figure out the bigger holes on their roster. When it comes down to it, the role Williams would likely have on this team as the No. 3 running back simply does not match up well with how much he is being paid.
2. Eric Fisher
Left tackle Eric Fisher has been a solid lineman for the Chiefs over the last few seasons, but the team would save $11.3 million by letting him go. Fisher's 2020 season was cut short due to an Achilles injury and he is now 30 years old and on the last year of his contract. While Fisher and the Chiefs could restructure his deal to be more team friendly, it feels like a long shot at this point. Their best option may be to cut the veteran playmaker and hope they have the depth necessary to fill his spot on offense.
3. Anthony Hitchens
Another veteran player that could be cut due to cap space issues is linebacker Anthony Hitchens. The Chiefs could possibly lose multiple linebackers to free agency this offseason, but that doesn't mean Hitchens is safe by any means. He has been a consistent player for the team and a leader on defense for the last few seasons (78 tackles last season). However, cutting him would save the front office a few million dollars that it can use to improve the roster elsewhere. Plus, the Chiefs used their 2020 second-round pick on linebacker Willie Gay and he performed well in limited snaps last season. Hitchens may be taking snaps on a different team next season.
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