49ers Mailbag: Who's in line for extension?

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49ers Mailbag: Who's in line for extension?

Q: Whichhow many impending FA's could get extensions this season, keeping the cap in mind? (Tre Faaborg)
Safety Dashon Goldson is not an option. Because the 49ers and Goldson did not work out a deal by Monday's deadline, he is ineligible to sign anything but a one-year deal until after the final regular-season game.I don't think it's anywhere near a given that the 49ers would sign anyone to an extension during the season. The club has 3.395 million in cap room. I'm sure they'll want to hold onto most of that money as insurance and carry it over to next year's cap.The 49ers' top scheduled free agent is nose tackle Isaac Sopoaga, who enters the final year of the five-year, 20 million deal he signed in 2008.Backup tight end Delanie Walker is also a player the 49ers want back at the right price, but he might wish to escape the shadow of Vernon Davis to find a team that might offer him more prominence as a pass-catcher.If cornerback Tramaine Brock makes the team and finds a role, he would probably be the top possibility to get an extension during the season.All-Pro linebacker NaVorro Bowman's rookie deal is set to expire after the 2013 season. Obviously, he is grossly underpaid from his rookie deal of four years, 2.6 million. This will be a difficult contract for the 49ers because Bowman seems to be entering Patrick Willis-territory.Yes, the 49ers might believe they can get him a little on the cheap now, but Bowman could get a huge deal in two seasons on the open market. Of course, he also is a candidate for the 49ers to tag as a franchise player if the sides fail to reach a long-term solution in the next couple of years.
Here is the contract status of each player the 49ers currently have under contract:Signed through 2012
CB Tramaine Brock (RFA)
RB Rock Cartwright
NT Ricky Jean Francois
S Dashon Goldson
LB Tavares Gooden
WR Ted Ginn
LB Larry Grant
RB Brandon Jacobs
WR Randy Moss
NT Isaac Sopoaga
WR Brett Swain
TE Delanie WalkerSigned through 2013
K David Akers
LB NaVorro Bowman
CB Tarell Brown
TE Nate Byham
CB Perrish Cox (RFA)
RB Anthony Dixon
DT Demarcus Dobbs (RFA)
C Jonathan Goodwin
LB Parys Haralson
WR Joe Hastings
QB Josh Johnson
WR Mario Manningham
DE Justin Smith
QB Scott Tolzien (RFA)
DT Will Tukuafu
S Donte Whitner
DT Ian Williams (RFA)
WR Kyle WilliamsSigned through 2014
RB Frank Gore
WR Michael Crabtree
CB Chris Culliver
OT Anthony Davis
CB Curtis Holcomb
RB Kendall Hunter
G Mike Iupati
LS Brian Jennings
DB Colin Jones
QB Colin Kaepernick
OL Daniel Kilgore
FB Bruce Miller
OL Mike Person
OLB Aldon Smith
QB Alex Smith
DB C.J. SpillmanSigned through 2015
OT Alex Boone
TE Vernon Davis
LB Darius Fleming
RB LaMichael James
WR A.J. Jenkins
LB Cam Johnson
G Joe Looney
DE Ray McDonald
S Trenton Robinson
CB Carlos Rogers
OL Jason SloweySigned through 2016
LB Patrick WillisSigned through 2017
LB Ahmad Brooks
OT Joe StaleySigned through 2017
OLB Ahmad Brooks
P Andy LeeAll players listed above are unrestricted free agents at expiration of their contract, except where otherwise noted. All undrafted free agents signed three-year contracts, and other street free agents signed two-year deals. Q: Please explain what is meant by the term "guaranteed." Does guaranteed mean unconditionally guaranteed, conditionally guaranteed or a combination of both conditions? (Mark Walsh)
In my world, guaranteed means guaranteed. But in recent years, that meaning has become a lot more hazy when it comes to NFL contracts.Each contract can be different. Typically, a signing bonus is fully guaranteed (unless the player does something out of the ordinary to prompt the team to reclaim a portion of it). And when a high-profile player signs a multi-year deal, the first year or two of base salaries might also be guaranteed.Most contracts now can contain guarantees for skill, cap or injury. Some of these deals use the term "total guarantee" even though some of that money is not guaranteed at all.For instance, Alex Smith's three-year contract with the 49ers contains 15.5 million in "total guarantees." But the final 7.5 million becomes guaranteed only if he remains on the 49ers' roster on April 1, 2013. So, really, that money right now is not guaranteed.Only 1 million of Smith's second-year money is guaranteed for skill or cap. That is, if the 49ers decide to part ways with Smith prior to April 1 because his skills have diminished or it's deemed a salary-cap move, he'll still receive 1 million.So, actually, Smith's real guaranteed money on the three-year contract he signed with the 49ers on March 21 is 9 million. Q: Can you explain a little on how dead money works. When the 53-man roster is named, anyone cut may add to our dead money total. This could potentially put a team over the cap. How would the league handle a situation like that? (ModestoMatt)For cap purposes, the signing bonus is spread out over the life of a deal. For instance, if a player signs a two-year contract with a 200,000 signing bonus, just add 100,000 both seasons to his base salary and that's his cap figure. If a player is cut before his second season, that remaining 100,000 of "dead money" still counts against the team's cap in the second year.After June 1, any player cut will have his remaining proration accelerate to the following season. So a team's dead money for that particular season cannot increase with final cuts. Q: Can you explain the situation we have with Darius Fleming?
Fifth-round draft pick Darius Fleming underwent surgery this offseason to repair a torn ACL. The 49ers will place him on active PUP (physically unable to perform) at the beginning of training camp. If they were to place him immediately on injured reserve, they'd have to waive him and take the risk of losing him to another team. So the 49ers will place him on PUP and he'll count against the roster limit.At the final cuts, the 49ers can place him on injured reserve (or keep him on PUP to begin the season). Either way, he would no longer count against the 53-player limit.Terms of Fleming's contract call for him to make 390,000 this season in base salary if he remains on the roster. If he spends the season on injured reserve, his split salary of 273,000 kicks in.

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

49ers release Coffee after reinstating RB off retired list

Running back Glen Coffee, who walked away from the 49ers during training camp before his second NFL season, was reinstated Friday off the reserve-retired list.

As part of the same transaction wire released by the NFL office, the 49ers released Coffee, making him a free agent.

After seven seasons away from the game, Coffee is attempting a comeback, his agent told on Saturday.

“I can tell you, he’s in great shape,” agent Ray Oubre said. “The man doesn’t have a six-pack, he’s got a 12-pack. He’s been waiting for the right time to hopefully get a workout with someone and show what he can do.

“He had a calling, and right now he feels like it’s his time to show what he can do. He explained to me, ‘I can do things now that I couldn’t do when I was initially with the 49ers.’ That’s the kind of shape he’s in.”

Coffee, who turns 30 on May 1, was a third-round draft pick (No. 74 overall) of the 49ers in 2009. He was the sixth running back selected in that year's draft. Coffee appeared in 14 games as a rookie and carried 83 times for 226 yards and one touchdown. He also caught 11 passes for 78 yards.

During training camp the next year as his teammates were exiting the locker room for the practice field in August 2010, Coffee cut the tape from his shoes and left the team's Santa Clara practice facility. He later informed then-coach Mike Singletary of his decision to stop playing football. Coffee said he believed God had a bigger plan for him.

Coffee was a specialist in the Sixth Battalion of the Army Rangers after enlisting in 2013. He is no longer active, Oubre said.

“He’s been training several months,” Oubre said. “The rigors of the Army Rangers, he was already in shape. He’s taking it to another level now. He’s been training for more than four months.

“He feels like he served and now the time is right. He’s in a good place. He understands, you can’t play football forever and you can’t do any one thing forever. He’s in a place right now that he wants to use his God-given ability as a football player.”

Coffee turned pro after his junior season at Alabama. In his final college season, Coffee rushed for 1,383 yards and 10 touchdowns.

Coffee has been training under Johnny Jackson at JDPI Sports Performance in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Oubre said he will be in contact with all 32 NFL teams to see if there’s any interest in bringing in Coffee for workouts. He might also hold an open workout for any interested teams.

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Sponsored by Harbaugh, Kap named one of Top 100 most influential people

Former 49ers quarterback and current free agent Colin Kaepernick has been named one of TIME's 100 Most Influential People on Thursday. 

Each person named to the list is represented by a sponsor who then writes on why they are worthy of the honor. For Kaepernick, his former coach Jim Harbaugh wrote on him. 

Harbaugh coached Kaepernick for four seasons from 2011-2014. The two reached the Super Bowl together in the 2012 season. 

Other sports figures named to the list include Conor McGregor, Theo Epstein, LeBron James, Tom Brady, Simone Biles, and Neymar.

Kaepernick made national headlines this past season for his decision to first sit and then kneel during the national anthem as a fight against social injustices. 

Below is what Harbaugh wrote on Kaepernick's influence: 

Colin Kaepernick was alone in his early protests last year when he boldly and courageously confronted perceived inequalities in our social-justice system by refusing to stand for the national anthem. At times in our nation's history, we have been all too quick to judge and oppose our fellow Americans for exercising their First Amendment right to address things they believe unjust.

Rather than besmirch their character, we must celebrate their act. For we cannot pioneer and invent if we are fearful of deviating from the norm, damaging our public perception or—most important—harming our own personal interests.

I thank Colin for all he has contributed to the game of football as an outstanding player and trusted teammate. I also applaud Colin for the courage he has demonstrated in exercising his guaranteed right of free speech. His willingness to take a position at personal cost is now part of our American story.

How lucky for us all and for our country to have among our citizens someone as remarkable as Colin Kaepernick.