The importance of special teams cannot be ignored.
There are number of players whose presence on the team will depend on their special teams play.
As I see it, we have three absolute locks on special teams; Andy Lee, Phil Dawson, and Kevin McDermott.
Incumbent, LaMichael James, remains on the roster. He can handle both punt and kick returns, but there are a couple of factors that might diminish his appeal.
First, and foremost, correctly or incorrectly, his tweets are irritating, and we know Harbaugh is not a big fan of irritating tweeters. Second, up to this point, James has not proven to be a solid running back.
Given the apparent depth that we have at running back, I think that James only survives the final cut, if team cannot find another option at punt and kick returns.
Possible Return Specialists
The team does have space for one gunner who does not bring much if anything to the team at another position. Maybe, the team has room for two such players, but I am not sure.
With the addition of Blake Costanzo predicting the gunners on our special team unit became somewhat more complicated.
It will interesting to see what happens between now and the final cuts.
Cap Numbers are from
Edit: In my original post, I left a digit out in Blake Costanzo's cap number.
I also have realized that I should have listed the cap savings and dead money as well as the cap cost.
I have inserted the new tables.
[ Edited by buck on Jun 7, 2014 at 6:51 AM ]