Originally posted by NCommand:
Not totally true. There are lots of options for cap management starting with some of the higher paid players who clearly didn't play up to their expensive contracts and who have viable options waiting in the wings (some with players behind them training for a full year or two):
Playing GM, here are some POTENTIAL moves (see some of the bigger moves the Falcons and other teams have made to date):
Lost @ (2013 Salary Cap Amount) - Plan of Action:
Alex (- $9,750,000) - gone; replaced by rookie
Rogers (- $7,344,531) (+ $9,000,000) - gone; replaced by top FA CB/high draft pick
Goodwin (- $5,016,668) - gone; replaced by Looney/Kilgore
Whitner (- $4,933,333) - gone; replaced by Goldson
Manningham (- $4,950,000) - gone; injury settlement; replaced by AJ/Williams
Akers (- $3,616,668) - gone; replaced by draft pick
Haralson (- $2,870,000) - gone; replaced by draft pick and Johnson/Fleming
Sopoaga - gone; replaced by high draft pick
RJF - gone; replaced by Ian Williams
Moss - gone; replaced by Lockette and high draft pick
Could retain @:
Walker (+ $4,000,000) - signed to 2 year deal; 2 years @ 8 million.
Goldson (+ $7,250,000) - signed to 4 year 30 million deal and moved to SS; FS position filled with Spillman/Robinson/Culliver or high draft pick
Per AB (aka Capologist):
Alex - $9.75m saved
Goodwin - $4.35m saved
Mario - $2.35m saved
Akers - $4.05m saved
Haralson - $2.87m saved
Total cap room now $22.713M
Walker and Goldson equals $11.25M
Current cap room- $11.463M left
But IMO Walker will not get $4 million a year . . . with the Niners, at least.
Goldson will not get $7.25 million with the Niners. This FO is too fiscally responsible.
1. $7.25 million is right at the franchise tag number, if they wanted him that bad, they would do that while grooming his replacement, but they do not deem him worthy of even that, I'm guessing.
2. The Niners already spend a disproportionate percentage of their Cap money on the defense (most in the league). They will not allow the team to get that far out of balance by handing out another big contract on defense. Especially with Aldon Smith's contract needing visitation at the end of next season.