Linebacker Justin Houston isn’t healthy enough to help the Chiefs on the field at the moment, but he is able to help them in the financial department.
Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star reports that the team converted $6 million of Houston’s base salary into a bonus that boosts their cap space for this season north of $11 million. Houston’s cap hits for the next four seasons will go up by $1.5 million as a result of the move.
The Chiefs can use the cap space to bring in help during this season or they could roll it over into next year, when they may have a new contract with safety Eric Berry to fit under the cap. Defensive tackle Dontari Poe is also angling for a new contract and, unlike Berry, he could sign one before the end of the 2016 season.
Houston is on the physically unable to perform list after having ACL surgery during the offseason. A report over the weekend pegged November as the time the Chiefs are targeting for his return to action.