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Kansas City Chiefs Salary Cap 2023: Contracts, Highest-paid Players & More

Last Updated: October 12, 2023
Who’s the Chiefs’ highest-paid player? What are their biggest contracts on the books? Here’s what you need to know about Kansas City’s salary cap spending in 2023.

When you’re the king, heavy is the head. Such is the condition of the Kansas City Chiefs, the NFL’s defending Super Bowl champions and winners of two of the last four. Andy Reid’s team has a target on its back bigger than Swope Park. And with all that success comes the need to invest bigger and bigger in a winning nucleus of players that once again figures to be the core of a championship contender.

The NFL salary cap, meanwhile, forces front office bosses like KC general manager Brett Veach to get creative with his financial outlays year over year. Particularly as it relates to high-level offensive stars, restructured deals are the name of the game with so many mouths to feed.

So, what are the team’s biggest salaries on the books for 2023, as well as their largest contracts overall?

Boardroom has all your Kansas City Chiefs salary cap particulars for the current NFL season.

Chiefs Salary Cap 2023: Spending & Space

All dollar figures and cap estimates in this article via Spotrac. Reflects a hard salary cap of $224.8 million.

So, are the Chiefs over the salary cap? Check out their full spending breakdown as of Oct. 10, 2023.

  • Active contracts: $193,606,521
  • Dead cap money: $9,079,469
  • Total salary cap usage: $214,956,422
  • Salary cap space: $5,491,371
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Chiefs Contracts 2023: The Top 10

Includes the 10 largest active Kansas City Chiefs contracts by total value. All dollar figures via Spotrac.

1QB Patrick Mahomes10y, $450M
t2T Jawaan Taylor4y, $80M
t2G Joe Thuney5y, $80M
4TE Travis Kelce4y, $57.25M
5S Justin Reid3y, $31.5M
6WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling3y, $30M
7K Harrison Butker5y, $20.27M
8DT Chris Jones1y, $19.5M
9DE Charles Omenihu2y, $16M
10CB Trent McDuffie4y, $13.99M

Kansas City Chiefs’ Highest-paid Players of 2023

Includes the 10 largest Chiefs salaries by total cash compensation.

1QB Patrick Mahomes$59.35M
2T Jawaan Taylor$20M
3DT Chris Jones$18.14M
4G Joe Thuney$15.5M
5TE Travis Kelce$12.25M
6S Justin Reid$9.2M
7WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling$9M
8DE Charles Omenihu$8.24M
9DE Felix Anudike-Uzomah$6.34M
10K Harrison Butker$3.7M

Other Notable 2023 Chiefs Salaries

16. P Tommy Townsend: $2.63M
19. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire: $2.08M
20. WR Kadarius Toney: $1.91M
34. C Creed Humphrey: $1.16M

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