I will be doing a series of articles that will be taking a methodical team by team approach to next year’s possible free agents. I will be starting with the team that has the least amount of salary cap space and ending with the team with the most. I will try to give a brief description of as many of the possible free agents as I can. I will also be looking for players that might be salary cap cuts in order for their teams to make room to sign some of these possible free agents. Any information anyone else can contribute on these players would be very much appreciated.
The Kansas City Chiefs are projected to be $1,497,345 OVER the cap in 2017 (all salary info via Over The Cap). They may be able to carry close to $6 million over from 2016, and they could save $10,750,000 by cutting Nick Foles. That would leave them around $16,000,000 in cap space to work with. Since I am mentioning the possibility of Foles being a salary cap cut, I will add him to my list of possible free agents.
Dollar figures listed are player’s 2016 cap hit.
S Eric Berry – $10,806,000
Eric Berry is one of the best safeties in the NFL. He has 57 tackles, 7 pass breakups, and two interceptions so far this year. He was drafted by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2010 NFL draft and is now twenty seven years old. The Chiefs used the franchise tag on him in 2016. He would be a valuable addition if he doesn’t come to a contract agreement with the Chiefs in the next few months.
34DT Dontari Poe - $6,146,000
Dontari Poe is not a big pass rusher. He is the type of nose tackle that plugs the middle and does not get pushed around much. He does have seven quarterback hit though. He does not have a great PFF grade but that kind of nose tackle seldom does. He is 26 years old and was taken by the Chiefs in the first round of the 2012 draft. The Chiefs exercised the fifth year option on him this year and they could choose to use the franchise tag on him in 2017. He could be a very good answer to the problems the 49ers are having at nose tackle.
LG Mike Person - $403,353
In case his name might sound familiar, the 49ers selected Mike Person in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft, and has been floating around the league ever since. He really has not been able to catch on with any of the teams he has played for. A real “have suitcase will travel.”
34DE Kendall Reyes - $491,765
Kendall Reyes was drafted by the San Diego Chargers in the second round of the 2012 NFL Draft. He seemed to have a good rookie year in San Diego but has pretty much been a bust ever since.
34DE Jarvis Jenkins - $312,941
Jarvis Jenkins originally signed a $7,000,000 deal with the New York Jets in March, but was cut in November before he was picked up by Kansas City. He was originally drafted by Washington in the second round of the 2012 draft and had a pretty good rookie season. He has kind of fallen flat ever since, although he does not seem to be doing all that bad in Kansas City the last few weeks.
RB Knile Davis - $357,353
Knile Davis was drafted by the Chiefs in the third round of the 2013 draft. He seemed to have a good year in 2014, but did not do much in 2015 and has only rushed for 19 yards on 12 carries this year.
S Daniel Sorensen - $600,000
Daniel Sorenson was originally signed as a undrafted free agent by the Chiefs in 2014. He seems to be pretty good in pass coverage but is atrocious against the run.
WR Albert Wilson - $603,334
Albert Wilson was picked up as an undrafted free agent by the Chiefs in 2014. He is pretty short at 5’9” but is fairly quick with a 4.43 forty at the NFL combine. He might be worth a look but it seems like we already have a team of wide receivers like him.
K Cairo Santo - $600,668
Cairo Santo seems to be having a decent year. He has an 84.2 field goal percentage over two plus seasons. His field goal percentage so far in 2016 is 89.3 percent, and his longest career NFL field goal is 54 yards.
WR Kenny Cook - $333,000 ERFA
Kenny Cook was picked up by the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent in 2015. I can’t really find any other information about him.
RB Trey Millard - $333,000 ERFA
Trey Millard, we are talking about a blast from the past. I really thought this guy might be able to help the 49ers when they drafted him in the seventh round of the 2014 draft. I thought wrong and now we no longer even use a fullback.
QB Nick Foles – Possible cap cut
Nick Foles has a two year contract with the Chiefs with his salary cap number being $10,750,000 in 2017. The Chiefs starting quarterback is Alex Smith and head coach Andy Reid does not seem to have any intentions of changing that so I suppose Nick Foles will either need to take a major pay cut or get cut. Nick Foles has been very successful in the past working with Chip Kelly and has done well with his few chances in Kansas City. He has played in two games, during which he is 36 of 55 for a 65.5 completion percentage and 410 yards passing, with a quarterback rating of 105.9.