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2013 Salary Cap Outlook, plus can the 49ers add a big name via Trade

Feb 12, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Currently the 49ers have 55 players signed for the 2013 season, and their top 51 position is at $124,342,316, and that includes $406,491 in dead money. I will take a look at the current salaries, and what we could do salary cap wise.

Current salaries are below.

QB Alex Smith - $9.75 million
TE Vernon Davis - $8,739,916
DE Justin Smith - $8 million
CB Carlos Rogers - $7,344,531
RB Frank Gore - $6.45 million
WR Michael Crabtree - $5.859 million
OLB Ahmad Brooks - $5.05 million
C Jonathan Goodwin - $5,016,667
WR Mario Manningham - $4.95 million
SS Donte Whitner - $4,933,333
P Andy Lee - $4.05 million
OLB Aldon Smith - $3,922,909
CB Tarell Brown - $3,907,312
PK David Akers - $3,616,667
ILB Patrick Willis - $3,605,125
RT Anthony Davis - $3,566,666
ILB NaVorro Bowman - $3,105,562
OLB Parys Haralson - $2.87 million
LT Joe Staley - $2.8 million
LG Mike Iupati - $2,629,500
DE Ray McDonald - $2,561,714
RG Alex Boone - $1.94 million
WR A.J. Jenkins - $1,578,297
FS C.J. Spillman - $1,558,333
QB Colin Kaepernick - $1,297,535
LS Brian Jennings - $1.161 million
CB Chris Culliver - $704,719
RB LaMichael James - $703,839
RB Kendall Hunter - $664,805
RB Anthony Dixon - $660,150
WR Kyle Williams - $649,850
C Daniel Kilgore - $595,075
LG/C Joe Looney - $586,250
FB Bruce Miller - $570,613
TE/DE Demarcus Dobbs - $559,166
CB Perrish Cox - $555,000
NT Lamar Divens - $555,000
WR Chad Hall - $555,000
QB Scott Tolzien - $555,000
FB/DE Will Tukuafu - $555,000
NT Ian Williams - $555,000
OLB Darius Fleming - $521,000
SS Trenton Robinson - $507,625
TE Garrett Celek - $482,000
RB Jewel Hampton - $481,666
WR Ricardo Lockette - $480,000
DE Tony Jerod-Eddie - $405,000
OLB Cam Johnson - $405,000
LT/OG Al Netter - $405,000
OLB Nate Stupar - $405,000
OG Wayne Tribue - $405,000
RT/OG Kenny Wiggins - $405,000
FS Michael Thomas - $405,000
ILB Michael Wilhoite - $405,000

Now I expect the 49ers to part ways with Alex Smith, Parys Haralson, and David Akers, and save around $15.67 million. Now the 49ers are technically over the cap by $49,000. But that doesn't include potential credits for David Akers not making the pro bowl, and Alex Smith not getting his $1.25 million incentive.

The 49ers have 12 free agents, 10 are unrestricted free agents, and 2 are restricted free agents. I don't expect them to tender any RFAs, due to money and worthy of that tender.

The obvious priority is FS Dashon Goldson. He played under a $6.212 million franchise tag in 2012, now the 2013 tag would be $7,454,400 for 1 season. I believe it makes more sense to give Goldson a long term deal, similar to those given to Ahmad Brooks, and NaVorro Bowman. They both received a $7.5 million signing bonus, and $750,000 roster bonuses, tied into game day active roster, starting in year 2 of the deals, 2013 for Brooks, and 2014 for Bowman.

Goldson will likely be looking at a contract in the neighborhood of Eric Weddle's 5-year deal worth $40 million in 2011. I would go with similar to Brooks/Bowman, and basically give Goldson security up front, but also save the 49ers in case Goldson goes from Great to Bad play wise.

The only players left I see the 49ers trying to keep are Ricky Jean Francois, Tavares Gooden, and Larry Grant. I would expect the 49ers to sign Tramaine Brock and Darcel McBath to 1-year deals worth $630,000. Both with no guaranteed money.

Now comes the question, can the 49ers pick up Darelle Revis of the New York Jets, or Percy Harvin of the Minnesota Vikings in a trade.

The 49ers would have a hard time getting Revis under contract. And with the price tag of at least a 1st round pick, it makes it not worth it. Some will say we should trade Alex Smith for Revis, but the Jets likely don't want any players with big salaries incoming.

Revis also wants $16 million a year average wise, and that equals to about $80 million over 5 years, and honestly, will Revis structure the contract to the 49ers liking. I just can't see Revis willing to do this, if he is set at $16 million a year, we will not be in on it.

Now comes Percy Harvin, he is the most logical choice. A 1st round pick for Harvin, plus $8 million a year seems fair, Harvin a playmaker, and makes a huge difference. He could be the teams #2 or #3 WR, and return specialist.

So to conclude, Harvin makes more sense. A 1st rounder and $8 million a year would be worth it.

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  • Ct
    Haralson should be a priority since the team values our linebackers. Having him back will allow more rotations and rest for the linebackers since they played every snap. Maybe restructure his contract
    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:32 PM
  • 49regiomonotano
    i like Danny Amendola , what do you think about Henry Melton or Gleen Dorsey in our defensive line
    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM
    Response: I like Amendola also. Looking like a $6M a year guy, plus he is good WR and Return Man. Melton fits as a NT, and possible DE. Dorsey more a DE to me.
  • JDubb
    They just saved 1.6 mil from Brooks not reaching escalator clauses..
    Feb 13, 2013 at 12:15 PM
    Response: I already had those calculated less than a month ago.
  • Stewart
    There is no way we trade for Revis. If he was coming off a pro bowl not an knee injury maybe. I can see the Harvin deal, but not without giving Crabtree an extension too. I do think we need to look to upgrade the WR postion, with Jenkins moving into the 3rd WR spot. I don't see the team investing a lot in free agent pass rushers to be honest. But we do need to draft some DL depth.
    Feb 13, 2013 at 11:03 AM
    Response: I personally would rather us not make a deal, and save money and draft picks. I hate the FA frenzy. It's fun to watch and see who overspends on overrated players.
  • Ladale
    I don't in anyway envision Revis in a 49ers uniform coming off an injury and also at a reported 16 mil and the lost of a 1st round pick. Maybe Eric Wright. I look for the 9ers to add an additional pass rusher opposite Aldon Smith such as Seymour, Freeney, Harrelson, or Avril. Brooks is good at containing the edge but could not turn the corner. Pressure bust the pipe. Pressure up front improves the secondary. Pressure is needed to contain Russell Wilson and the Seahawks without blitzing.
    Feb 13, 2013 at 8:24 AM
    Response: Eric Wright could be a possibility.
  • SirKram
    I think the 9ers will try to grab someone in the draft. Pick up quality WR's in free agency. Look for Jenkins to step up this offseason and add bulk plus create chemistry with Kap. Look for Baalke to find some talent at the TE position. Roman and Harbs love to create mismatches against those in between the seams. Plus a 19 game season last year and the offseason will get Roman even more experience for next season.
    Feb 13, 2013 at 1:30 AM
    Response: Ramses Barden would be a nice pickup at WR, also if we could afford it, a Bowe or Wallace would make sense.
  • John Hio
    RJF has been a disappointment so far. The niners are making a big mistake if they resign him, See what seattle did running the ball at RJF. I don't think SF can afford LG, even though we need him badly. I don't think we should go after Revis. No one even knows how he will bounce back, plus we will inherit a person who wants a new contract and is unlikely to restructure contract to be cap friendly. I like Harvin, but 8M a year is a lot for a guy who has not been able to complete an entire season. I say SF needs to take a look at under the radar players like Amendola, and DRC.
    Feb 12, 2013 at 11:09 PM
    Response: I think RJF has been a decent backup to all three DL spots. But we do need an answer at NT, either Sopoaga stays or we get what in the draft
  • Mason
    Good breakdown. Regarding Goldson, I don't see the benefit of offering him a long term deal with something around $7 mil signing bonus... for a little more we can franchise him, which gives us an easy out and ensures his level of play stays high. Especially if we replace Whitner.
    Feb 12, 2013 at 9:19 PM
    Response: The benefit is not having the franchise tag each year for 3 seasons, it will sky rocket after 2013 to near $10 million. The cap allows the bonus to prorate, and we can always structure it like Brooks and Bowman deals.
  • Monsterniner
    I'd love Harvin because Crabs and Percy at the same time and Vernon at TE would be great realistic is that scenario?
    Feb 12, 2013 at 9:08 PM
    Response: I believe more realistic then Revis. He may only command a 2nd or 3rd now with reports coming out.
  • David Pallas
    Harvin is not worth $8 million/year... Especially when he only plays half the season...
    Feb 12, 2013 at 7:38 PM
    Response: Sadly he will be. WRs aren't gonna take less than what the market will value them. I am against Free Agent splash, and a trade like this is possible, but I wouldn't do it.
  • fryet
    I believe if Revis is traded, most of his cap impact is absorbed by the Jets, not by the receiving team. So it may not be that costly to get Revis. Doesn't mean he is worth keeping for only a year, though.
    Feb 12, 2013 at 7:32 PM
    Response: His prorated money is absorbed by the Jets, but the new contract and guaranteed money is on our hands.
  • Ryan
    Why cut Haralson? Only save 3 million and Fleming and Johnson are complete unknowns. Unless you get a true OLB we are in the same position as we were this year. Maybe get Brandon Jenkins in the 3rd or 4th. I think he would be the best you OLB outside of anyone not named Okafor or in the top 20
    Feb 12, 2013 at 5:58 PM
    Response: Haralson has been inconsistent, and we need an upgrade, he has never been the same since we gave him that deal in 09.

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