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49ers alter Trent Williams’ contract to create $4.36 million in salary cap space

Sep 24, 2022 at 7:24 AM--


According to ESPN's Field Yates, the San Francisco 49ers have converted $5.45 million of tackle Trent Williams' base contract into a signing bonus, which the team will pay immediately. The move creates $4.36 million in salary cap space. The 49ers had an estimated $3.7 million in salary cap space before the move, per OverTheCap.com.


Williams signed a six-year, $138.06 million contract with the 49ers on March 23, 2021. His $23.01 million average annual salary remains the highest ever among offensive linemen. The 13-year veteran earned first-team All-Pro honors in 2021 and is a nine-time Pro Bowl selection.

Williams came in at No. 14 in this year's NFL Top 100 players of 2022. While it was a 28-spot jump from last year's ranking, one 49ers teammate believes it was too low for the best offensive lineman in football.

"The one I'm upset about, I don't know how Trent Williams isn't one, two, or maybe three," tight end George Kittle said earlier this month. "You just watch his tape; he physically dominates people every single play. He mentally outsmarts people every single play. He gets his hands on you, you're going to get blocked. He doesn't get penalties. He's efficient. He gets put in motion. He does all these things that no one else can even dream about doing because of his talent level, and he's the 14th-best player?"

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