On Saturday, the Chiefs announced that they will not pick up the option on OL, Cameron Erving’s contract. By declining Erving’s option, the Chiefs save $3.75 million, putting them in the $16-17 million range in cap space.
Erving, 27, was an early Veach-era trade to add depth to the offensive line. During his tenure in Kansas City the past three years, Erving started 25 games, playing 40 total at RG and LT.
Erving struggled at the LT position this past season, replacing an injured Eric Fisher for 8 weeks. In those weeks, Erving allowed 5 sacks and was penalized seven times. This past season, Pro Football Focus graded him at 44.8 overall.
The Chiefs made a good decision not picking up his option. Erving was set to be a $4.7 million cap hit and the Chiefs need to free up cap space in order to retain starting DT Chris Jones and to sign Super Bowl LIV MVP and 2018 NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes to an extension. Erving’s play also did not warrant him deserving the money he was set to be paid, but most importantly, Erving was going to be a hit to the cap that the Chiefs can’t afford.
With letting go of Erving, this means the Chiefs need to target offensive lineman even more in free agency and the draft. The Chiefs can re-sign Andrew Wylie or Stefen Wisniewski for cheap to play the starting the LG position, but depth is needed. Look for the Chiefs to add offensive lineman through free agency and the draft.
This will be the first of many moves Brett Veach and the Chiefs make to relieve salary cap in order to get the necessary funds to lock up Chris Jones and provide for the eventual extension of Patrick Mahomes.