$11.5 in current salary cap space
Additional Resignnings - $2.5M in spending for 2013
Larry Grant - ILB | 2 year, $3M
Tarvares Gooden - ILB | 2 year, $2M
Extensions - $4M in savings for 2013
Justin Smith - DT/DE - 2 year extension
Free Agency - $6M in spending for 2013
Kenny Phillips - S - Giants | 2 year, $6M
*Replacement for Goldson, Phillips is an all-around good safety that plays the ball very well. He has injury concerns though.
Aubrayo Franklin - NT - Chargers | 2 year, $3M
*Franklin showed flashes of his old self on a pretty decent Chargers defense. With RJF following the money, and Sopoaga flat out sucking last year, I think we revisit Franklin as an option for our primary NT position.
Ramses Barden - WR - Giants | 1 year, $600K
*With his history of injuries, I doubt Barden sees a lucrative offer in free agency. That being said, he showed some flashes in 2012-2013. Low risk, high reward type signing.
Josh Johnson - QB - Browns | 1 year, $600K
*With Smith gone, we need competition for the backup gig.
NFL Draft -
*Trade 1st, 3rd (via Panthers), and 6th round picks for Vikings 1st and 4th round picks; Vikings trade down and select DeAndre Hopkins*
R1: Datone Jones - DT/DE - UCLA (via Vikings)
*Immediate contributor on special teams and rotational playing time to spell McDonald and Smith. Future successor to Justin Smith.
R2: Matt Elam - S - Florida (via Chiefs)
*Strong and physical safety but very good in coverage. Makes up his short stature with good ball skills.
*Trade 2nd, 3rd, and 6th round picks for Steelers 2nd round pick: they trade down to snag more picks as they are rebuilding*
R2: Da'Rick Rogers - WR - Tennessee Tech (via Steelers)
*Rogers has the size and physical WR skills we desperately need on our offense.
R4: Gavin Escobar - TE - San Diego St. (via Vikings)
*6-6 TE with solid hands, but must improve as a blocker. Replacement for Delanie Walker.
R4: Ricky Wagner - OT - Wisconsin
*Swing backup OT. Bolsters depth, and Wagner can come in as an extra blocker on certain packages.
R4: Montori Hughes - NT - Tennessee-Martin (comp)
*Future successor at NT. Shadows Franklin for at least 1 year.
R5: Dustin Hopkins - K - Florida State (via Colts)
*We need a kicker and he's the best in the draft.
R5: Micah Hyde - CB/FS - Iowa
*Speed is a concern, but he tackles and plays the ball well. Competes with Trumaine Brock.
R7: Michael Williams - TE - Alabama (via Bengals)
*Opposite of Escobar - bad hands, but great blocker. Special teams value.
R7: Nick Williams - DT/DE - Samford
*Competes with Dobbs for the DE spot on the roster.
R7: Colby Cameron - QB - LA Tech (comp)
R7: Matt Tucker - RB - TCU (comp)
*Competes with Dixon for the final RB/FB roster spot. PS candidate.
QB: Kaepernick/Tolzien/Johnson* PS: Cameron*
RB: Gore/Hunter/James PS: Tucker*
LE: Smith/Jones* PS: Williams*
ST: Hopkins, Lee, Jennings