With the recent news of the imminent trade of Alex Smith to Kansas City, the 49ers will now only need to make 1 or 2 moves to get under the cap, which is expected to be at least $123 million.
The 49ers will save $9.75 million by executing this deal before March 14th at 4 PM eastern, when Smith is scheduled to receive a $1 million roster bonus. Plus, the 49ers will be off the hook for a $1 million incentive and a $250,000 workout bonus.
Now the 49ers can either stand pat and redo a deal or 2, or cut a vet or 2. Namely Parys Haralson ($2.87 million saved), Jonathan Goodwin ($4.35 million saved) and David Akers ($3.05 million saved). I would add Donte Whitner, but with no option to replace him on the team and the fact that Dashon Goldson isn't signed for 2013, I wouldn't expect that.
This also likely means that Goldson won't be tagged, unless the 49ers make major changes prior to the deadline to franchise Goldson or anyone on the roster who is an unrestricted free agent.
So look for the 49ers to stand pat, redo a deal or 2, or like said, release 1 or 2 vets, and then let the show begin on March 12th.
What the Alex Smith trade means cap wise
By Jason Hurley
By: heartbroken9er12'Date: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 23:35:52Comment: its true the line needs big bodies but our secondary is ordinary at best and it was exposed once our line was gassed. Whitner is too short to cover tall TE/RECEIVERS, goldson is too concern with a big hit he gives up too many big plays. Rodgers seems to be declining. replace them all
By: russsalmonDate: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 22:42:22Comment: I agree with Chris. From everything that has been printed the niners were already just barely under the cap.
By: Das DweebDate: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 18:20:23Comment: Why suggest that Whitner be cut? The entire secondary got blown apart when Justin Smith went down and Fangio refused to compensate with blitzes. The numbers are there. Whitner's a very smart player, a Pro Bowler, a team leader, and he's not breaking the bank. The Niners need to get an impact interior lineman to make Fangio's scheme work. You could trot Darrelle Revis out there and even he would eventually lose coverage with the non-pressure we've been bringing. The secondary could improve, sure. But the line is the real problem. Don't hang it on Whitner.
By: Chris FalcoDate: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 16:30:50Comment: Correct me if I'm wrong, but they're already under the cap. Trading Smith should save them just over 8.5 million and restructuring a few deals as mentioned above could easily get them in cap shape to be a player in FA or to make another trade for a veteran....we'll all assume that player is Revis, which I'd be reluctant to pay a king's ransom for given his ACL and constant contract squabbles