49ers enter season 1.25 million under salary cap

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49ers enter season 1.25 million under salary cap

After making their roster moves to get down to the 53-man limit, the 49ers enter the regular season 1.253 million under the NFL's salary cap, a league source told CSNBayArea.com.The 49ers carried over 16.5 million of unused cap space from the 2011 season into this year, giving them an adjusted salary cap of more than 138 million.Here is the complete player-by-player breakdown of the 49ers' 2012 salary cap:Adjusted 49ers cap: 138.528 million
Money spent: 137.275
49ers cap room: 1.253 million Players
Phillip Adams, released (2011), 28,924
David Akers, current, 3.618 million
Eric Bakhtiari, released, 2,480
Chase Beeler, released, 3,334
Cameron Bell, released, 333
Dontavia Bogan, released, 5,000
Alex Boone, current, 934,960
NaVorro Bowman, current, 717,887
Tramaine Brock, current, 540,000
Ahmad Brooks, current, 2.85 million
Kourtnei Brown, released, 1,000
Tarell Brown, current, 1.807 million
Brian Bulcke, released (2011), 667
Patrick Butrym, released, 333
Nate Byham, released, 26,550
Rock Cartwright, released, 25,000
Garrett Celek, current, 392,000
Nate Clements, released (2011), 1.666 million
Perrish Cox, current, 465,000
Michael Crabtree, current, 4.774 million
Chris Culliver, current, 614,719
Anthony Davis, current, 3.196 million
Leonard Davis, current, 540,000
Vernon Davis, current, 8.017 million
Anthony Dixon, current, 570,150
Demarcus Dobbs, current, 469,166
Braylon Edwards, released (2011), (58,824)
Darius Fleming, current, 389,905
Ted Ginn, current, 1.379 million
Dashon Goldson, current, 6.212 million
David Gonzales, released, 333
Tavares Gooden, current, 540,000
Jonathan Goodwin, current, 3.716 million
Frank Gore, current, 6 million
Larry Grant, current, 1.26 million
Clark Haggans, current, 605,000
Jewel Hampton, current, 350,371
Parys Haralson, current, 2.754 million
Joe Hastings, released, 10,000
Chris Hogan, released (2011), 11,667
Curtis Holcomb, released, 11,475
Joe Holland, released, 1,166
Kendall Hunter, current, 574,805
Mike Iupati, current, 2.335 million
Brandon Jacobs, current, 1.579 million
LaMichael James, current, 603,436
Ricky Jean Francois, current, 629,470
A.J. Jenkins, current, 1.263 million
Brian Jennings, current, 1.147 million
Tony Jerod-Eddie, released, 1,000
Tony Jerod-Eddie, current, 96,900
Cam Johnson, released, 11,787
Cam Johnson, current, 96,900
Josh Johnson, released, 179,960
Ronald Johnson, released (2011), 78,165
Colin Jones, traded, 74,172
Colin Kaepernick, current, 1.164 million
Daniel Kilgore, current, 505,075
Andy Lee, current, 1.882 million
Joe Looney, current, 496,301
Mario Manningham, current, 2.491 million
Matthew Masifilo, released, 1,666
Matthew Masifilo, current, 96,900
Jeremiah Masoli, released (2011), 2,000
John Matthews, released, 2,480
Taylor Mays, traded (2011), 754,000
Darcel McBath, current, 540,000
Ray McDonald, current, 4.154 million
Scott McKillop, released (2011), 48,064
Bruce Miller, current, 480,612
Anthony Mosley, released, 1,000
Randy Moss, current, 1.753 million
Kevin Murphy, released (2011), 2,000
Al Netter, released, 2,500
Al Netter, current, 96,900
Chris Owusu, released, 1,000
Nathan Palmer, released, 17,333
Nathan Palmer, current, 96,900
Mike Person, released, 11,475
Konrad Reuland, released, 667
Trenton Robinson, current, 417,625
Carlos Rogers, current, 5.504 million
Kenny Rowe, released, 667
Sealver Siliga, released (2011), 4,000
Monte Simmons, released (2011), 667
Jason Slowey, released, 23,128
Aldon Smith, current, 3.269 million
Alex Smith, current, 9.25 million
Justin Smith, current, 6.375 million
Isaac Sopoaga, current, 4.949 million
C.J. Spillman, current, 1.087 million
Joe Staley, current, 2.5 million
Curtis Taylor, released (2011), 14,970
Michael Thomas, released, 6,333
Michael Thomas, current, 96,900
Scott Tolzien, current, 465,000
Will Tukuafu, current, 465,000
Brian Tyms, released, 2,666
Delanie Walker, current, 1.884 million
Anthony West, released (2011), 1,667
Donte Whitner, current, 4.384 million
Kenny Wiggins, released, 2,000
Kenny Wiggins, current, 96,900
Michael Wilhoite, current, 96,900
Ian Williams, current, 465,000
Kyle Williams, current, 559,837
Patrick Willis, current, 17.615 million-Practice squad
49ers get a credit for Braylon Edwards' termination pay because he is back in the NFL with the Seattle Seahawks

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

Mailbag: Which 49ers vets are on shaky ground?

The 49ers’ new regime heads to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis this week with the first major wave of offseason activity set to kick off.

Already, the 49ers have made roster improvements. And there figure to be plenty of activity ahead in the coming weeks.

Here are some questions submitted by readers on Facebook for this edition of 49ers Mailbag:

Do you see the 49ers cutting ties with larger contracts like Bethea, Torrey Smith and Ahmad Brooks?‬ (Blair Wilkins)
The 49ers have approximately $75 million in space under the salary cap – and that’s before any adjustment of Colin Kaepernick’s contract. So it’s not as if the organization needs to create cap room.

Any decision made to part ways with veteran players will be made solely on how that player fits into what the 49ers envision on the field.

And that’s what general manager John Lynch, coach Kyle Shanahan and his staff are doing now. They are studying the video from last season to determine which players fit their ideals.

Safety Antoine Bethea is scheduled to earn $5.75 million. Bethea, 32, enters the final year of his contract. There is no question he is everything the 49ers want in a player off the field. If one of the younger guys is not better than Bethea, there is no reason to get rid of him.

Brooks is on the books to earn $5.3 million in 2017. That’s not a huge amount for a starting outside linebacker or defensive end – whichever spot he might fit best. The 49ers must look to upgrade their pass rush. Brooks turns 33 next month. He’s good for six sacks a season. Again, it’s not as if the 49ers can’t afford him. And, as of now, it’s not as if the 49ers have anyone better.

Smith is scheduled to earn $8 million. He has been vastly underutilized in his two seasons since signing with the 49ers. He’s the most interesting case of the high-priced veterans.

Kyle Shanahan’s offense is predicated on using the running game to set up the play-action shot down the field. Smith is limited. He’s not a possession receiver. He’s not going to make plays over the middle. He is an outside receiver whose contributions come in the vertical passing game. But that’s what Shanahan wants.

If Smith is paired with a strong tight end, a running back who catch the ball out of the backfield, a slot receiver with short-area quickness to get open underneath, a very good receiver on the other side and an accurate quarterback who can throw the deep ball, there should be a role for Smith in the 49ers’ offense.

Will the 49ers continue to be aggressive pursuing free agents this offseason? If so, what positions?‬ (Bradley Lodge)
The 49ers have zeroed in on two veteran free agents and they signed them both.

The organization has already spent more money than it did all of last offseason on veteran free agency with the four-year, $16 million deal to sign defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, whom the Miami Dolphins recently released.

Nickel back K’Waun Williams has a history with 49ers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley. The 49ers did not have to make much of a financial investment to sign him.

The 49ers will definitely go after a veteran quarterback or two in free agency or via trade. Pass rusher, inside linebacker and wide receiver are other positions the 49ers can be expected to look during free agency.

The opening of the new league year – when free-agent signings and trades can occur – is March 9. The draft is seven weeks later.

The 49ers must fill as many of their needs with smart deals that fit into the long-term plan with veteran acquisitions. Then, the draft is about taking the best players on their board when it’s time to select. Teams that reach for need generally strike out.

What are the chances of drafting a QB with first pick and playing them behind a Kap / Cousins until they're ready to become starter?‬ (Hillory Broussard)
If Colin Kaepernick returns, it will not be as a no-questions-asked starter. Just read what Lynch said on KNBR this week about the team’s needs:

“Do we have some places – probably the ultimate position, quarterback – where we need to improve? Absolutely. And we’re committed to doing that.”

That statement can easily be interpreted that Lynch does not believe the 49ers had a starting-caliber quarterback on the roster last season.

But if the 49ers were to go out and swing a trade for Kirk Cousins or Jimmy Garoppolo, it’s going to take a big commitment – in terms of draft picks and a suitable new contract. Then, the 49ers would have that player.

Cousins or Garoppolo would unquestionably fill the 49ers’ need at quarterback for 2017 and beyond -- at least in the minds of the 49ers' new decision-makers. There would be no reason for the 49ers to then draft a quarterback with the No. 2 overall pick – if the 49ers even had the No. 2 overall pick at that point.

 

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

49ers have already spent more in 2017 free agency than a year ago

Under the 49ers’ new regime, the club has already invested more in the free-agent market than a year ago under then-general manager Trent Baalke.

Just a reminder: The free-agent signing period does not officially open until March 9.

The 49ers on Friday reached a contract agreement with veteran defensive tackle Earl Mitchell, who is penciled into be a starter in the team’s new 4-3 base scheme under defensive coordinator Robert Saleh.

"As soon as Earl hit the open market, he became a priority for us to sign,” 49ers general manager John Lynch said in a statement released Saturday morning. “A man of high character, he represents everything we want to be as a football team. Earl is a tone-setter who plays the game with a tremendous passion and the effort necessary to win in this league. We believe those qualities are contagious and will help to make our team stronger. We look forward to the impact Earl will have on the field, in the locker room and in our community.”

It was the first significant move under Lynch, who also signed a player with NFL experience earlier in the week.

The 49ers also added cornerback K’Waun Williams to a one-year contract. Williams served as the Cleveland Browns’ nickel back for two seasons. The Browns released him before the start of last season and he was unable to play due to an ankle injury.

Mitchell was available to be signed before the start of the new league year because the Miami Dolphins released him last week in a move to save the team $4 million in cap space.

Mitchell took four free-agent visits and after wrapping up his tour with the Atlanta Falcons on Friday, he and the 49ers quickly agreed on a four-year, $16 million contract that includes $5.5 million of money in the first year, according to a source.

Last year, Baalke did little to improve the roster for coach Chip Kelly. The 49ers, who finished 5-11 in Jim Tomsula's one season, dropped to 2-14. Just hours after the season concluded, the 49ers announced the firings of Baalke and Kelly.

The only veteran free-agent addition who stepped on the field for the 49ers last season was offensive lineman Zane Beadles. The 49ers signed Beadles in late-March to a three-year, $9.75 million contract with a $1.75 million signing bonus. Beadles had a good season for the 49ers, starting 12 games at left guard, two games at left tackle and the final two games at center.

The 49ers have already shown more willingness to be aggressive under Lynch’s leadership.

Mitchell, 29, is a seven-year veteran who began his NFL career from 2010 to ’13 with the Houston Texans. He was a rookie in Saleh’s final season as assistant linebackers coach in Houston.

Mitchell joins DeForest Buckner, Arik Armstead and Quinton Dial on the 49ers defensive line. The 49ers view Mitchell as a high-energy player who bring good character to the locker room. The signing of Mitchell could be an indication the 49ers are moving on from Glenn Dorsey, who is scheduled to be an unrestricted free agent.

With 5.5 sacks in seven seasons, the 49ers do not figure to use Mitchell in passing situations. The club must try to bolster its pass rush in free agency or the draft. Last season, Buckner and Ahmad Brooks shared the team-lead with six sacks apiece. In 2015, Brooks and Aaron Lynch both led the way with 6.5 sacks.