Counting down Chiefs’ 10 largest salary cap hits during 2021 NFL season

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The NFL salary cap is set at $182.5 million for the 2021 NFL season. That number is down over $15 million from the previous year due to the revenue shortfall caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

10 players for the Kansas City Chiefs occupy roughly $120 million of that salary cap number for the upcoming season. That number is down over $20 million from the previous year, which makes sense given the squeeze on the salary cap this season. The front office in Kansas City was mindful about how they added new contracts to the books this year and it’s helping them compensate for the decline in salary cap dollars.

Here’s a quick countdown of the 10 largest salary cap hits on the Chiefs’ roster for the 2021 NFL season:

10. LG Joe Thuney

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $4,500,000

9. RG Laurent Duvernay-Tardif

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $4,750,000

8. DT Jarran Reed

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $5,500,000

7. QB Patrick Mahomes

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Patrick Mahomes Chiefs

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $7,433,381

6. TE Travis Kelce

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $7,650,000

5. DT Chris Jones

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $8,541,666

4. LB Anthony Hitchens

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $10,661,250

3. WR Tyreek Hill

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $15,850,500

2. DB Tyrann Mathieu

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $19,733,334

1. DE Frank Clark

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2021 Salary Cap Hit: $25,800,000 [listicle id=94359]

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