49ers up against 2013 cap

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49ers up against 2013 cap

The NFL Players Association is expecting the smallest increase in the history of the league's salary cap, according to a report Saturday.

The NFLPA is planning for the 2013 cap to be $121 million per team, reports Jason Cole of Yahoo! Sports. That would be an increase of $400,000 over this year's limit.

Currently, the 49ers have 45 players under contract for next season at a cap cost of $120.98 million.

One of those players is backup quarterback Alex Smith, who currently accounts for $9.75 million of the team's 2013 figure. If Smith is still on the roster on April 1, 2013, his entire $7.5 million base salary becomes fully guaranteed.

If the 49ers release Smith, they would owe him $1 million. If they were able to trade Smith, his entire salary would be cleared off the 49ers' books.

Smith signed a three-year contract in the offseason that included no signing bonus. He received $8 million in guarantees this season, combining his salary and roster bonus. In the second year, he received a $1 million guarantee.

The 49ers' most notable players who are not under contract for next season are safety Dashon Goldson, tight end Delanie Walker, receivers Randy Moss and Ted Ginn, and defensive linemen Isaac Sopoaga and Ricky Jean Francois.

49ers 2013 salary cap
David Akers $3,616,668
Eric Bakhtiari $555,000
Alex Boone $1,940,000
NaVorro Bowman $3,105,562
Ahmad Brooks $6,650,000
Tarell Brown $1,907,314
Garrett Celek $482,000
Perrish Cox $555,000
Michael Crabtree $5,770,439
Chris Culliver $704,719
Anthony Davis $3,566,666
Vernon Davis $8,739,916
Anthony Dixon $605,150
Demarcus Dobbs $559,168
Darius Fleming $521,200
Jonathan Goodwin $5,016,668
Frank Gore $6,450,000
Jewel Hampton $481,666
Parys Haralson $2,870,000
Kendall Hunter $664,805
Mike Iupati $2,629,500
LaMichael James $754,295
A.J. Jenkins $1,578,984
Brian Jennings $1,161,000
Colin Kaepernick $1,397,535
Daniel Kilgore $595,075
Andy Lee $4,050,000
Joe Looney $586,301
Mario Manningham $4,887,500
Ray McDonald $2,561,985
Bruce Miller $570,612
Trenton Robinson $507,625
Carlos Rogers $7,344,531
Aldon Smith $3,922,909
Alex Smith $9,750,000
Justin Smith $8,000,000
C.J. Spillman $1,558,333
Joe Staley $2,800,000
Scott Tolzien $555,000
Will Tukuafu $555,000
Donte Whitner $4,833,334
Michael Wilhoite $480,000
Ian Williams $555,000
Kyle Williams $594,839
Patrick Willis $3,605,125

49ers unsigned for 2013
Dashon Goldson
Delanie Walker
Isaac Sopoaga
Ricky Jean Francois
Randy Moss
Larry Grant
Tramaine Brock
Leonard Davis
Ted Ginn
Clark Haggans
Tavares Gooden
Darcel McBath

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

Goodell reacts to suggestion Kaepernick is being 'blackballed'

PHOENIX – NFL commissioner Roger Goodell said Tuesday he does not believe quarterback Colin Kaepernick is being “blackballed” in his attempt to continue his career.

“I haven’t heard that from our clubs in any way that that’s an issue,” Goodell said during his press conference to conclude the NFL owners meetings.

“My experience in 35 years is that our clubs make independent evaluations of players. They work hard to try to improve their teams. But if they think a player can help improve their team, they’re going to do that.”

Kaepernick remains unsigned as an unrestricted free agent after opting out of his 49ers contract earlier this month. Seattle cornerback Richard Sherman this week was asked on ESPN’s "First Take" whether he felt Kaepernick was being blackballed.

"I'm sure he is," Sherman answered. "It's difficult to see because he's played at such a high level, and you see guys, quarterbacks, who have never played at a high level being signed by teams. So it's difficult to understand."

General manager John Lynch on Tuesday said the 49ers have not had any contact with Kaepernick since he and coach Kyle Shanahan met with Kaepernick on Feb. 22 in Santa Clara. The 49ers signed free-agent quarterbacks Brian Hoyer and Matt Barkley have shown no interest in re-signing Kaepernick.

Kaepernick, 29, created a controversy last season when he opted to take a knee during the playing of the national anthem to protest racial inequality in the United States. Kaepernick has decided to stand for the national anthem this season.

Earlier in the day, Baltimore Ravens coach John Harbaugh said it was “stupid” and “intellectually lazy” to think teams have colluded to keep Kaepernick out of the league. Last week, former 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, John’s brother, said Kaepernick is still an outstanding player and can win championships.

“I absolutely think he’s going to get signed,” John Harbaugh said. “I agree with Jim. He can win games for people.”

 

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

49ers GM Lynch speaks with Harbaugh about Michigan prospects

PHOENIX – John Lynch’s draft preparation as a first-year NFL general manager prompted him to make a phone call Monday to Jim Harbaugh.

“I talked to an old 49ers coach yesterday,” Lynch said at the NFL owners meetings. “He was great. He has a lot of players who are draftable. (He) gave me a lot of great information, and it was entertaining, as it always is with Jim.

“He just said, ‘Fired up for you, man,’ then we started talking about his players. He had to go to a meeting and I had to go to a meeting, so it was quick.”

Before Lynch could quiz Harbaugh about some of the Wolverines’ draft-eligible prospects, Harbaugh had a brief chance to catch up with his brother, John, the Baltimore Ravens head coach.

“It was fun because right when we called, his brother was right there,” Lynch said.

“So John came over and before I could get on the phone, John and Jim were talking. I said, ‘Hey, you’re cutting into my time, give me the phone.’ We had a good time.”

Michigan’s top prospects are safety Jabrill Peppers, who won the Paul Hornung Award as the nation’s most-versatile player, and edge rusher Taco Charlton.

Lynch said he does not ask “lazy questions” of any college coach about his former players. Instead, he’s looking at specifics, such as what position a player is better suited to play at the NFL level.

Harbaugh, who was let go after the 49ers' 8-8 season of 2014, enters his third season at his alma mater after two seasons with 10-3 records.