Travis Kelce says the Chiefs are restructuring his contract to make room for the cap… while he speculates on a possible signing of Odell Beckham Jr. and reveals that he ‘wants it to come true’
- The All-Pro’s base salary is now ‘a signing bonus to free up $3.44 million in cap space’
- ESPN’s Field Yates Publicly Announced the Chiefs Front Office on Tuesday
- Beckham Jr is currently a free agent and still recovering from a torn ACL injury
- Saints, Buccaneers and Giants are also interested in the Super Bowl LVI champion’
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The Kansas City Chiefs have announced that the contract of one of the tight parties, Travis Kelce, has been restructured in an effort to free up cap space for new signings, one of whom is reportedly a free agent, Odell Beckham Jr.
ESPNs Field Yates went public on Tuesday, tweeting that All-Pro’s triple base salary has been converted into “a signing bonus to free up $3.44 million in cap space.”
Previously, Kansas City had just over $200,000 in salary caps to work with, but now CEO Brett Veach can operate more freely to potentially get one or two big signatures.
Rumor has it that Odell Beckham Jr, who is recovering from a torn ACL, is going to Kansas City
Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has restructured his contract so the move could potentially happen
It was rumored that Kelce would earn a salary of $7.5 million in 2022, with a cap hit of $4.4 million, according to Spotrac, a website that breaks down sports contracts. He is in the second year of a $57.25 million four-year deal.
And with the NFL trading deadline less than two weeks away, the Chiefs are looking for reinforcements in a variety of positions, including: wide receiver, offensive and defensive targets. Discussions over the current roster have come to light after the team’s second loss of the season to the Buffalo Bills, amid expectations of reaching the Super Bowl this year.
And Kelce joined in when he appeared on the latest episode of his podcast, “New Heights.”
“You’re freeing up cap space to do something, right? Unless they just kindly give me the money up front, which I really appreciate anyway. But yeah, my agent just called me and said they wanted to free up some cap space, so I was like, ‘Do I get the money now? Okay, I’ll do that,” the Super Bowl LIV champion told his brother Jason.
“And it frees up cap space for us to get better as a team? I’m in,” he admitted openly.
Beckham Jr expected to sign with a team ahead of the November 4 trade deadline
Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (left) and tight end Travis Kelce (right)
Earlier this month, rumors about the future of Beckham Jr. as the free agent searches for his next destination while recovering from an ACL injury sustained in Super Bowl LVI while playing for the LA Rams.
He is expected to play a part for any team that picks him up for the second half of the season, and one franchise reportedly interested is the Chiefs.
Beckham has yet to publicly announce his next move and other teams, including the New York Giants and New Orleans Saints, are also eager to sign the wide receiver.
However, when asked if there is any hope of signing last year’s Super Bowl champion, Kelce said in his podcast, “I want them to come true.”
“I haven’t heard anything in the locker room or anything around the facility, but I think there’s definitely something in the air. And if it means OBJ… okay now.”
After hearing that, Chiefs fans are now certainly overly excited about the idea that the transaction could happen in the coming weeks before November 1 at 4 p.m.
Kansas City currently tops the AFC West, holding a 4-2 record, then going up against the San Francisco 49ers.
The Chiefs suffered their second loss of the season against the Buffalo Bills on Saturday