JACK'S SMACK: 'Let's face it, the NFL is like Fort Knox. The league is solid gold.'

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Hearty congratulations to Clark Hunt, John Dorsey, Andy Reid and the entire Kansas City Chiefs organization for making the playoffs. It's just an incredible turnaround in one year.

Alright, now I want to talk a little about the NFL salary cap.

The Chiefs certainly didn't cut any corners. They put out some pretty good money this year on all those free agents.

Let's face it, the NFL is like Fort Knox. The league is solid gold.

The NFL signed a new $40 billion contract with the TV networks which kicks in next year. It doubles, the old contract.

I was looking at some of the salaries involving, key Chiefs personnel for next season. There's a myriad of ways to break them down.

Some contracts are back loaded and there are all these different bonuses that figure in.

I never understood the workout bonus. Isn't working out part of the job?

Anyhow, Eric Berry will collect $300,000 as a workout bonus. Alex Smith gets zero.

You say, "That's because he's the quarterback and makes a lot more."

Nope, not in this case. Berry will be the team's second highest paid player at $8.4 million a year. Alex Smith will make $7.5 million.

The real injustice involves Jamaal Charles. You can make a strong case he deserves to be the league's most valuable player.

We all know what Peyton Manning represents. Charles should be in the same discussion. He got lowballed when he signed three years ago.

That's his fault-- his agent's fault.

You'll cringe at this one: base salary, comparing Charles and Chase Daniel for next season.

The Chiefs' backup quarterback will make more. Daniel: $2.35 million a year. Charles: $2.25 million.

Again, that's base salary. Charles will easily surpass Daniel when all the bonus money is counted.

You don't think these salaries aren't skewed?

Dwayne Bowe will drag in $8.7 million next year. That's four times what Charles will be paid. Unbelievable.

It doesn't seem fair-- even for players who deal in Monopoly type money.

That's Jack's Smack.

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