Under the new rookie scale players are now more affordable. But I recently read that we have about 1.27 million in cap space.
Kaepernick was drafted 34th? overall and he signed a 4 yr contract for about 5.1 million.
AJ Jenkins was drafted 30th? overall and he signed a 4 yr contract for about 6.9 million.
Those 2 contracts are basically what are first 2 picks will look like for this draft with the 31st and 34th pick.
For Kaepernick's contract, his first year he made $375,000 in base salary. He then got $556,688 in signing bonuses. That's $931,688 total for the 2011 year. My question(s) is which part of his salary or a rookies salary counts against the cap. Is it just the base? Or the overall total?
Also if the Niners only have 1.27 million left, that's about 5 players they can afford at the base contracts, unless we cut some players.
If anyone has more accurate knowledge of this can you please help me understand. Basically I'm wanting to know how we afford 13 draft picks with the money we have left or is this a sign that we will trade picks away or cut more players to free up cap space??