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Garcia, Owens still costing Niners

The 49ers were not big players during free agency in large part because they have $27 million tied up in "dead money."

Updated: June 12, 2004, 10:12 AM ET
By Len Pasquarelli | ESPN.com

For those few curious minds out there who have actually e-mailed to inquire about its origins, and whom we strongly urge to please get a life, the term "dead money" is borrowed from poker and refers to cash in the pot that was wagered by players who are no longer eligible to win it.

But whether it is in poker or in the NFL, where "dead money" has now become a part of salary cap lexicon, the term still means the same thing.

You're holding a lousy hand.

"Well, it's certainly something ...

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