Monday, April 14, 2014
49ers salary-cap look: Offense
By Bill Williamson
Let's take a look at how the San Francisco 49ers' 2014 salary-cap status currently breaks down, thanks to ESPN Stats & Information.
The 49ers have about $4 million under the cap and will get another $6 million-plus June 1 because of the Carlos Rogers cut. Most of that money will go to signing the rookie class.
At this time of year, only the top 51 contracts count toward the salary-cap. Here's a position-by-position look at the 49ers' salary-cap situation under the top 51 rule. Let's start with the offense. We will look at the defense on Tuesday:
Outlook: This could change soon. Kaepernick has been discussing a long-term contract. The 49ers are on the record saying they'd like to give him a deal before the start of training camp. Kaepernick will likely command a contract averaging $18 million to $20 million a season. He currently accounts for 1.27 percent of the 49ers' salary cap. The team will soon lose the luxury of going cheap at the most vital position in the game.
Outlook: Gore, who will turn 31 next month, is set to have the seventh highest salary cap number of all NFL running backs in 2014. The 49ers haven't felt the need to ask Gore to take a pay cut because he remains productive. Still, it is doubtful he will be paid top dollar next year if he remains with the team. The 49ers are looking for Lattimore to take on a big role. He missed all of his rookie season last year because of a torn ACL suffered in 2012. He is expected to be healthy this season.
Outlook: The 49ers are likely going to add a rookie with one of their top picks that will affect the cap. Crabtree is entering his final year of his contract. He could be playing with a much higher franchise-tag number next year. Starter Anquan Boldin signed a two-year $12 million deal, but his cap number is in the $2 million range this season.
Outlook: The 49ers pay the position well above the league average. But that's because Davis is one of the best tight ends in the league. He is a focal point of San Francisco's offense and the team has no problem paying for what they get here.