As the days were being ripped off the calendar in the NFL's march towards free agency, the Chiefs were busy trying to change public perception of the team being cheap.
In 72 hours, the Chiefs handed their current list of salaries and salary-cap numbers for the 2012 to the Kansas City Star, signed free-agent cornerback Stanford Routt to a three-year, 19.6 million contract and publicly said they still want to re-sign starting cornerback Brandon Carr who will soon become a free agent.
It was an attempt by team chairman Clark Hunt and general manager Scott Pioli to show wary Chiefs fans that they plan to do whatever they can to improve on last year's 7-9 record for a team that failed to make the playoffs.
Let's start with the salary-cap numbers that are normally guarded around Arrowhead Stadium tighter than nuclear launch codes are at the Pentagon. Pioli acknowledged that the Chiefs were 63 million under their expected cap number for 2012. That number was inflated by 24 million that ...