Originally posted by FunkNinerFlex:
Seattle will have cap casualties just like we will this year.
There are always some cap casualties but the 49ers are going to have more casualties than Seattle. 49ers start with a somewhat smaller cap load than Seattle but Seahawks dump a lot more dead money going forward which will make it easier for them to sign their important FAs.
49ers FAs (these have been listed elsewhere but I'll do it here for comparison)
Boldin and Dawson should be priority re-signs.
Tarell Brown and Donte Whitner have big cap that will likely not fit under the cap. They will have to either re-negotiate or let go.
Jon Goodwin - may retire which would help. He won't fit under the cap unless he takes a big cut. Don't plan on it.
Anthony Dixon - Will be allowed to check the market.
Demarcus Dobbs - likely casualty
Manningham - likely injury settlement and release. 49ers need WRs badly but he isn't big and tough enough to compete against the Boom Boys.
Osgood - nice special teamer that may be too important there to release despite the fact he adds little to a weak WR group.
Colt McCoy - who knows. We need a better backup but McCoy may be the best we can afford.
The big challenge will be 2015. The upcoming draft will be crucial to how long this team can stay at the top. With the total wipe out of the 2012 draft, and 2013 still mostly unproven, the 49er depth will be challenged to replace Iupati (the most likely to be a cap casualty) and still maintain a decent OL. And this still doesn't deal with Aldon Smith and Colin Kaepernick.
The big key to the future, for many reasons, is Kaepernick. In terms of market value, a starting QB on a playoff team is worth $16-18MILLION/yr. Kaepernick clearly is not worth that at this point but the team needs him to improve to the level he would be worth that. OTOH, his agent has been reading all the press clippings and will demand something in the range of Matthew Stafford money ($18MILLION) if not more. How much KC gives Alex Smith in an extension will also play. Smith is easily worth Stafford money on the market although he may take less in order to resign some key players. However, if he does, it will be recognized for what it is and should not provide the 49ers with much leverage to hold Kaepernick's new deal low. It is a Catch-22. If he plays like some people feel he is capable, he will get a number that will send a number of 49ers into the market. If he doesn't play so well, he will get a lower number which will allow the team to keep a couple of players that would otherwise be cut.
Marathe has his work cut out for him.