Patrick Mahomes Contract Restructure Sets Up a Crucial KC Chiefs Decision

Remember the Kansas City Chiefs' salary cap issue? That problem is solved with Patrick Mahomes' deal.

On Tuesday, various sources stated that the defending champions adjusted their star QB's contract again. KC gains nearly $20 million in salary cap space for the season without delving into the details. The Chiefs are $15 million below the cap.

In the big picture, the Chiefs must decide what to do with that extra cap room. Even without the entire $15 million (the draft class needs new contracts), there's more room for changes.

This is mostly the "status quo" but now a choice. The Chiefs franchise-tagged cornerback L'Jarius Sneed this summer, keeping him through 2024. The $19 million cap hit on that one-year tender no longer bothers me.

Sneed traveled with the opponent's top receiver, helping Kansas City win 2023. He and the secondary's strength set up the defense; trusting your defensive backs in one-on-one coverage makes it simpler to apply pressure. 

Success awaits with Chris Jones' comeback. Again, some will go to the incoming draft class, while the remainder may go to players who tried the free market during legal tampering without a home.

Perhaps Donovan Smith returns for another season, allowing general manager Brett Veach to choose a replacement without putting him in the fire. 

Perhaps Clyde Edwards-Helaire will return as a cheap backup running back. Mike Danna and Derrick Nnadi, defensive guys, might stay in KC for the appropriate price.

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