A look at potential 2014 in season cap space

Mar 25, 2014 at 2:08 PM

Right now the 49ers have around $3.9 million in salary cap space after the signings of Kassim Osgood, Perrish Cox, and the extension for Bruce Miller. But I want to look at what the 49ers could have going forward once september rolls around.

I have 42 players as being locked in, now some could debate these, but for me, these guys seem like locks right now. For those 42, which I will list below, they make up $113,155,320 in salary cap room.

# Name Pos. Signed 2014 Cap Number
76 Davis, Anthony RT 2019 $7,532,266
85 Davis, Vernon TE 2015 $7,342,916
53 Bowman, NaVorro ILB 2018 $7,050,000
94 Smith, Justin DE 2015 $6,936,666
52 Willis, Patrick ILB 2016 $6,863,000
55 Brooks, Ahmad OLB 2017 $6,600,000
21 Gore, Frank RB 2014 $6,450,000
91 McDonald, Ray DE 2015 $5,346,985
15 Crabtree, Michael WR 2014 $4,770,443
77 Iupati, Mike LG 2014 $4,625,863
99 Smith, Aldon OLB 2014 $4,576,727
90 Dorsey, Glenn NT/DE 2014 $3,792,500
74 Staley, Joe LT 2017 $3,400,000
Bethea, Antoine SS 2017 $3,000,000
75 Boone, Alex RG 2015 $2,590,000
4 Lee, Andy P 2018 $2,400,000
81 Boldin, Anquan WR 2018 $2,364,000
Gabbert, Blaine QB 2014 $2,011,587
26 Brock, Tramaine CB 2017 $2,000,000
9 Dawson, Phil PK 2015 $2,000,000
35 Reid, Eric FS 2016 $1,927,444
51 Skuta, Dan OLB/ILB 2014 $1,650,000
7 Kaepernick, Colin QB 2014 $1,630,457
29 Culliver, Chris CB 2014 $1,580,719
27 Spillman, C.J. SS/FS 2014 $1,558,334
93 Williams, Ian NT 2015 $1,283,333
95 Carradine, Tank DE 2016 $1,124,473
49 Miller, Bruce FB 2014 $1,107,114
67 Kilgore, Daniel C 2014 $1,022,575
23 James, LaMichael RB 2015 $905,154
41 Ventrone, Raymond SS/FS 2014 $855,000
71 Martin, Jonathan OT 2015 $824,933
89 McDonald, Vance TE 2016 $817,995
32 Hunter, Kendall RB 2014 $754,805
78 Looney, Joe LG/C 2015 $676,301
30 Wright, Eric CB 2014 $615,000
57 Wilhoite, Michael ILB 2014 $570,000
14 Osgood, Kassim WR/ST 2014 $590,000
54 Moody, Nick ILB 2016 $521,918
47 McDermott, Kevin LS 2015 $496,666
38 Lattimore, Marcus RB 2016 $495,146
63 Jerod-Eddie, Tony DE 2014 $495,000

Now the 49ers will have an additional $3,429,220 in dead money for the 2014 season, once June 1st hits, and Carlos Rogers' salary is off the books.

If we take the previous amounts, the 49ers have committed $116,584,540 for 42 players and dead money. Now the 49ers did get a 3rd-round compensatory pick for losing Dashon Goldson last offseason. I don't know the exact amount that the comp pick will count, but taking into considerations that the 49ers have a projected rookie pool, according to OverTheCap.com, of $6,009,358, the 49ers would then have committed salaries for 2014 up to $122,593,898.

Now the 49ers adjusted salary cap is $135,483,783, which includes the $133 million cap limit, plus carryover, and credits. If the 49ers were to stand put, and not extend anyone else, the 49ers could be looking at as much as $12,889,885 in cap room. But it's more likely that they do extend the contract of at least QB Colin Kaepernick. I don't want to go into details, but I believe the team will give him a signing bonus, which would cost about $5 million in 2014 cap space, from a signing bonus proration.

Now I have 42 players making the team, plus I imagine the top 6 picks would make the team, which would bring the total to 48 players locked in. Which would then leave only 5 spots open on the roster.

Some guys I feel who are in the running include, TEs Derek Carrier($495,000), & Garrett Celek($572,000), OTs Adam Snyder ($1.3 milliion), & Luke Marquardt($421,666), NT Quinton Dial($540,413), CBs Chris Cook($570,000), Perrish Cox($645,000), & Darryl Morris($495,000), and Safety Craig Dahl($1,283,333).

I expect the final spots to be mostly made up of rookie minimum, or league minimum players, no more than $570,000. So if we have 5 players making no more than $570,000, that adds up to $2.85 million. I'm not saying it will be that way, but it's a good number to have.

Now the Practice Squad members, if kept at 8, would be around $102,000 each, or $816,000 total.

After all is said and done, we would have around $131,259,989 in committed salaries, with about $4,223,885 in cap room to begin 2014.

Now that can change with some easy restructures.We could lower some guys base salaries down, maybe Ahmad Brooks, who has been rumored to have already lowered his base salary down. Or Vernon Davis, Ray McDonald, and Patrick Willis.

We could also see some guys get extensions, and lower their overall salaries, namely Davis, Willis, and Chris Culliver. So it wouldn't surprise me if the 49ers start 2014 with around $10 million in salary cap room. And if they do indeed have that much, or near it, the 49ers could be looking at around $40 million in salary cap room for the beginning of 2015.

Note: I mistakenly left out WR Quinton Patton, and OLB Corey Lemonier, both are locks, I apologize for that. The cap room should still be the same.
The opinions within this article are those of the writer and, while just as important, are not necessarily those of the site as a whole.


  • Craig
    Great article. Are any of these contracts front loaded or should we expect all of the core player's salaries to increase?
    Mar 27, 2014 at 4:28 PM
  • Ace J
    looks like the roster is pretty stacked already...not many openings for the eventual 53-men roster. I think Will Tukuafu would make the roster as the back-up FB, since Anthony Dixon left. The interesting training camp battles should be in the WR and CB positions. Jon Baldwin is iffy cracking the lineup if the Niners draft some some WRs... Chris Cook and Parrish Cox would challenge the newly CB rookies in the draft too.
    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:41 AM
  • Matt One
    Great article. I can tell you put some research and thoughts into it. As someone had pointed out, Anthony Davis being a RT's salary is way too much; I'm afraid Joe Staley (who earns much less as a good LT) would be complaining soon. Also, I'm still surprised why Baalke didn't bother to ask Gore to restructure his contract down a bit. His $6 salary for this year is like Arian Peterson RB money - Gore is not that Caliber, honest opinion.
    Mar 27, 2014 at 10:31 AM
  • mauidave
    Nice write up. Looks like TB is doing well maintaining a loaded roster while managing the cap. I'm much more optimistic we can resign our key players like Aldon, Kap, Crabtree and Iupati. Plus, with a new crop of rookies and 6 picks in the top 100, we should keep the new affordable talent flowing.
    Mar 26, 2014 at 1:55 AM
    Response: Agreed. We have a great front office, and have flexibility with cap room and draft picks. And I believe we can keep most of our big name free agents to be.
  • Mike S
    I like Anthony Davis but how in the @$#* does a RT make more than double what the LT makes??
    Mar 25, 2014 at 5:56 PM
    Response: It's mind boggling I know. Davis is being paid like a LT, not sure how we can keep him at his salary. Just extended last offseason.
  • Don
    I saw not mention of Lemonier, Patton or Bethel-Thompson. Are you assuming they don't make the team?
    Mar 25, 2014 at 3:55 PM
    Response: That's actually my bad, I thought I had Lemonier and Patton, they are locks IMO.
  • Dominic
    That is going to be huge for us. The way the 49ers intelligently handle contracts and don't sign expensive FA's… it's allowing the 49ers to extend the successful players on our roster. $40 million in cap space would allow us to keep Aldon, Crabtree, and Iupati. I'm not presuming we do keep all of them, but it gives us the opportunity to do so. And that is where a team needs to start.
    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:59 PM
    Response: Exactly. We have so much flexibility with cap room, that we can sign our own guys, and keep the core together.
  • British9er
    This is of course before the team extends Kaep, Aldon Smith, Crabtree or Iupati. The $4m is going to disappear very quickly...
    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:37 PM
    Response: Yes, we have other cap room we can make, and I'm sure Kap gets extended, I doubt Aldon yet.
  • matt49er
    great article AB. Interesting that you have 42 locks (all of which I agree with BTW) and we have 11 picks...
    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:34 PM
    Response: Yeah, we won't see all draft picks making the roster, which means we are deep.
  • josh
    dont forget this is probably for sure Gores last season, which if you count his salary this season for next would be about 6 million saved
    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:27 PM
    Response: Yeah, Gore probably is done after 2014, I wouldn't mind a 2 year extension, for low money. Hoping he goes out on top.
  • NCommand
    You are THE man. Thanks for all you do. Truly.
    Mar 25, 2014 at 2:26 PM
    Response: No problem buddy, any time.

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